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Legal Status of EPT in Florida

EPT is permissible.

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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. § 384.27minus symbol 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. § 384.27minus symbol 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.

Status as of July 1, 2016

Legend

plus sign supports the use of EPT

minus symbol negatively affects the use of EPT

permissible EPT is permissible

potentially allowable EPT is potentially allowable

prohibited EPT is prohibited

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permissible EPT is permissible in 42 states: potentially allowable EPT is potentially allowable in 6 states: prohibited EPT is prohibited in 2 states:
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.
Alabama
Delaware
Kansas
New Jersey
Oklahoma
South Dakota
EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico.
Kentucky
South Carolina

  

Summary Totals

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.

For comments, feedback and updates, please contact CDC-INFO: https://www.cdc.gov/cdc-info/.

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