Legal Status of EPT in Florida
EPT is permissible.
|I. Statutes/regs on health care providers’ authority to prescribe for STDs to a patient’s partner(s) w/out prior evaluation (Explanation)|| “A health care practitioner… may provide expedited partner therapy if the following requirements are met: 1. The patient has a laboratory-confirmed or suspected clinical diagnosis of a sexually transmissible disease; 2. The patient indicates that he or she has a partner with whom the patient has engaged in sexual activity before the diagnosis of the sexually transmissible disease; and 3. The patient indicates that his or her partner is unable or unlikely to seek clinical services in a timely manner.” Fla. Stat. Ann. § 384.27 (effective 7/1/2016)
The health dept or its authorized representatives may examine or cause to be examined anyone suspected of having an STD, and if found to have the disease, that person shall be treated. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 384.27.
|II. Specific judicial decisions concerning EPT (or like practices) (Explanation)|
|III. Specific administrative opinions by the Attorney General or medical or pharmacy boards concerning EPT (or like practices) (Explanation)|
|IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)|
|V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)|| “A pharmacist… may dispense medication for a person diagnosed with a sexually transmissible disease pursuant to a prescription to treat that person’s partner, regardless of whether the person’s partner has been personally examined by the prescribing health care practitioner.” Fla. Stat. Ann. § 384.27
The name of the patient for whom the drug was ordered must be on the label affixed to the container. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 465.186.*
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)|| EPT is permissible.
Statutory authority expressly authorizes physicians to provide EPT for sexually transmitted diseases, subject to various conditions as stated in the law.
*This legal authority predates the effective date of the state’s law that authorizes EPT.
Status as of July 1, 2016
supports the use of EPT
negatively affects the use of EPT
EPT is permissible
EPT is potentially allowable
EPT is prohibited
|EPT is permissible in 45 states:||EPT is potentially allowable in 4 states:||EPT is prohibited in 1 states:|
EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.
EPT is permissible in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico and Guam.
The information presented here is not legal advice, nor is it a comprehensive analysis of all the legal provisions that could implicate the legality of EPT in a given jurisdiction. The data and assessment are intended to be used as a tool to assist state and local health departments as they determine locally appropriate ways to control STDs.
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