Legal Status of EPT in Oregon
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)||
Prescription drugs dispensed by a physician shall be personally dispensed by the physician. Or. Rev. Stat. § 677.089(1); see also Or. Admin R. 333-076-0145(4).
Amendments and new rules within the Board of Pharmacy will permit pharmacists, nurse practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists and other practitioners . . . to prescribe and dispense, within their scope of practice, specified drugs for an unnamed patient when the prescription is identified as “for EPT Therapy”. Or. Admin R. 855-041 and 855-043
Certain health professional regulatory boards can adopt rules that permit practitioners to prescribe or dispense antibiotic drugs to partners of patients without examining the partner for treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Or. Rev. Stat. § 676.350
|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)||
The State Medical Board of Oregon recognizes that EPT is “often the only reasonable way to access and treat the partner(s) and impact the personal and public health risks of continued, or additional, chlamydial and gonorrheal infections. The Board urges practitioners to use all reasonable efforts to assure that appropriate information and advice are made available to the absent, treated third party or parties”
|IV. Laws that incorporate via reference guidelines as acceptable practices (including EPT) (Explanation)|
|V. Prescription requirements (Explanation)||
Dispensing physicians shall label prescription drugs with the name of the patient. Or. Rev. Stat. § 677.089(3)(a).
“. . . the pharmacist or pharmacy intern shall state or cause to be stated on the label the following: (d) The name of the patient, unless the drug is prescribed to a partner of a patient as defined in Or. Rev. Stat. § 676.350 in accordance with rules adopted under Or. Rev. Stat. § 676.350 authorizing the practice of expedited partner therapy.” Or. Rev. Stat. § 689.505(5)
|VI. Assessment of EPT’s legal status with brief comments (Explanation)||
EPT is permissible.
Statutory authority allows certain health professional boards to adopt rules that permit EPT.
|Status as of January 1, 2010|
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 41 states:||EPT is potentially allowable in 7 states:||EPT is prohibited in 2 states:|
EPT is permissible in the District of Columbia.
EPT is potentially allowable in Puerto Rico.
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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- Page last reviewed: December 19, 2016
- Page last updated: April 10, 2012
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