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  • NJ A3705
  • Authorizes expedited partner therapy, under which sexual partners or patients diagnosed with sexually transmitted disease are treated without prior clinical examination.
Introduced
(5/19/2016)
In Committee
(5/19/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill authorizes "expedited partner therapy," which is the practice of treating a sexual partner of a patient diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD) without the need to first examine the partner. Expedited partner therapy involves a physician, advance practice nurse, or physician assistant prescribing or dispensing medication to treat the diagnosed STD and furnishing written informational materials; the prescription or medication and required information are provided to the patient to give to the sexual partner, and the patient will be asked to advise the sexual partner of the importance of seeking clinical treatment for the STD. The medication is to be prescribed or dispensed in the sexual partner's name or, if the partner's name is unknown, in the name of "Expedited Partner Therapy." Expedited partner therapy will be limited to people with whom the patient had sexual contact within the past 60 days under circumstances involving the risk of STD transmission, and may be provided upon the patient indicating, with reasonable certainty, that the sexual partner will be unable or unlikely to seek clinical services in a timely manner and the patient will be able to contact the partner for the purposes of providing expedited partner therapy. The Department of Health (DOH) is to develop and make available to health care professionals the written materials to be provided for the purposes of expedited partner therapy. The written materials will be made available electronically in English, Spanish, and any other language that the Commissioner of Health determines is the first language of a significant number of people who use or are likely to use expedited partner therapy, and will specifically include information and warnings concerning the medication prescribed or dispensed; recommendations for the person to obtain a clinical examination and information concerning available resources; information concerning treatment and prevention of STDs, including the importance of completing the course of treatment, practicing abstinence for a certain period of time during and after treatment, and informing the person's sexual partners of the risk of STD infection and urging them to seek clinical treatment; notice advising the person to contact a health care professional or State or local health care agency with questions; notice that the person may be required to pay the cost of any prescribed medication; any other information required by DOH. In consideration of the recommendations and guidelines issued by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DOH is to develop and make available to health care professionals informational materials and guidance concerning the safe and effective provision of expedited partner therapy. DOH may also offer educational programs about expedited partner therapy for health care professionals and licensed pharmacists. Except in the case of gross negligence or willful misconduct, a health care professional who provides expedited partner therapy, and a licensed pharmacist who dispenses a prescription for medication issued for expedited partner therapy, will not be subject to civil liability or professional disciplinary action in connection with any act or omission taken in good faith consistent with the provisions of the bill. Additionally, health care professionals will not be subject to civil liability or professional disciplinary action for choosing not to provide expedited partner therapy. Nothing in the bill will require any health benefits plan or prescription benefits plan to pay for or provide reimbursement for expedited partner therapy unless the person receiving the therapy is listed as a beneficiary under the health benefits plan or prescription benefits plan of the patient initially diagnosed with the sexually transmitted disease. The Commissioner of Health will adopt rules and regulations to effectuate the provisions of the bill, including establishing a list of STDs that may be treated through expedited partner therapy.
Health and Senior Services
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee  (on 5/19/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
5/19/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
None specified