Legal Status of EPT in Tennessee
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)||
Nurses practicing at primary health centers shall not issue drugs for treatment of STDs without prior examination by physician. Tenn. Code Ann. § 63-7-124(c) (for all other STDs).
EPT by physicians authorized for chlamydia only. Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1050-2-.13(9)(d), 0880-2-.14(9)
For the treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis, physicians may provide “an effective and safe treatment to the partners of patients infected with C. trachomatis, who for various reasons may not otherwise receive appropriate treatment.” As such, physicians may “provide to the treated patient non-named signed prescriptions, or dispense to the patient, the appropriate quantity and strength of azithromycin sufficient to provide curative treatment for the total number of unnamed ‘partners’ as defined in subparagraph (b) and indicated by the patient.” Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0880-2-.14(9)(a)-(d)
|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 allows EPT for the treatment of Chlamydia and is supported by medical board rules recognizing the need to treat the sexual partners of patients.
|Status as of August 16, 2006|
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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