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With ISMA support, prescribing exception becomes law
e-Reports, Jan. 9, 2012
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The subject of ISMA Resolution 10-68, a rule regarding expedited partner therapy for chlamydia and gonorrhea, has now become part of the Indiana Register, effective Oct. 28.

The rule means a licensed physician in Indiana has the option (but is not required) to provide or dispense medication, according to CDC guidelines, to sex partner(s) of a patient diagnosed with chlamydia and gonorrhea. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) sent notices in October to STD clinics.

Physicians choosing to provide expedited partner therapy must:

  1. Provide notification to the infected patient that all partners should be evaluated and treated
  2. Offer written materials to the infected patient for partner(s)
  3. Dispense medication or prescriptions for partners to the infected patient
  4. Maintain appropriate documentation as described in the rule

Find the ISDH notice and complete rule here.

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