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Legal Status of EPT in Louisiana

permissible 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) minus symbol “A prescription issued…in the absence of a documented patient evaluation including a physical examination, is issued outside the context of a valid physician-patient relationship, and is not a valid prescription.” La. Admin. Code tit. 46 Part LIII Chapt. 25 Subchapt. B § 2515

plus sign "Any physician or any advanced practice registered nurse...may prescribe, furnish, or otherwise provide prescription antibiotic drugs to that patient's sexual partner or partners absent a doctor-patient relationship or absent an advanced practice registered nurse-patient relationship and without examination...of that patient's sexual partner or partners." La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 40:1121.6

plus sign “If expedited partner therapy is chosen as an alternative [by a] physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant, the patient with a case of gonorrhea or chlamydia will be given [an informational] document that the patient agrees to give to his or her sexual contact. Additionally, any pharmacist licensed to practice pharmacy in this state may recognize a prescription authorized by this section as valid, notwithstanding any other provision of law or administrative rule to the contrary.” La. Admin. Code tit. 51 Part II Chapt. 1 § 117 (H)

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) minus symbol “It is the position of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners that: (i) it is in contravention of the Louisiana Medical Practice Act for a physician to prescribe medication, treatment or a plan of care generally if the physician has not established a physician patient relationship.”

plus sign The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy issued a bulletin, to notify pharmacies and pharmacists of La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 40:1064.1 so they will "recognize prescriptions for antibiotics issued under Expedited Partner Therapy as legitimate prescriptions."

IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)

V. Prescription requirements (Explanation) minus symbol Prescription label must bear patient’s name. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 1702; see also LA Admin Code Tit. 46 Part LIII Chapt 25 Subchapt A §2527
VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation) permissible EPT is permissible.

Statutory authority expressly authorizes EPT for the treatment of chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Status as of June 25, 2008


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