Legal Status of EPT in Hawaii
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 professional may in addition to treating a patient, provide expedited partner therapy to the partner of the patient [subject to various legal requirements set out within this section]” Haw. Rev. Stat. § 453 -52. (effective 7/1/2013)
“A health professional who provides expedited partner therapy as authorized in this section shall do all of the following: (1) Dispense or prescribe antibiotic therapy in the name of the partners, if known, without the physical examination of the partners by the health professional. Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, if the name of the partners are not known, the health professional shall dispense or prescribe the antibiotic therapy in the name of ‘Expedited Partner Therapy.’” Haw. Rev. Stat. § 453 -52.
|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)|
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)|| EPT is permissible.
Statutory authority expressly authorizes EPT for the treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhea.
*This legal authority predates the effective date of the state’s law that authorizes EPT.
Status as of July 1, 2013
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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