Legal Status of EPT in Georgia
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 licensed practitioner who diagnoses a patient to be infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea may utilize expedited partner therapy in accordance with any rules and regulations established by the department for the management of the health of such patient’s sexual partner or partners.” Ga. Code Ann., § 31-17-7.1
“ ‘Expedited partner therapy’ or EPT means the practice of prescribing, ordering, or dispensing antibiotic drugs to the sexual partner or partners of an index patient diagnosed with chlamydia and/or gonorrhea, without a physical examination of such partner or partners. Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 511-2-8-.01 (effective: 9/21/2022)
|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)||Prescriptions transmitted electronically or by fax must bear patient’s name and address “unless the prescription drug order is prescribed pursuant to expedited partner therapy in accordance with Code Section 31-17-7.1.” “Ga. Code Ann. § 26-4-80.|
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)||EPT is permissible. Statutory authority and administrative regulations expressly authorize health care professionals to provide EPT for chlamydia and gonorrhea.|
|Status as of September 21, 2022|
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 46 states:||EPT is potentially allowable in 4 states:||EPT is prohibited in 0 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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