Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wisconsin Senate to Vote on Expedited Partner Therapy

The full Wisconsin State Senate will be voting Tuesday, February 23, 2010 on SB- 460, “Expedited Partner Therapy”.  In review:  This legislation allows these medical professionals to prescribe, dispense or furnish to a patient an antimicrobial drug to be used by a sexual partner of the patient to treat various sexually transmitted diseases without have a physical exam of the sexual partner.  These Bills also allows a pharmacist to dispense the medication even without knowing the name or address of the person for whom their prescribed.  In lieu of having the unknown patient’s information they are to just put “EPT” in bold-face capital letters on the bottle.

This legislation also exempts the physician or nurse who prescribed the medication and it exempts the pharmacist who dispenses the drugs from any civil liability for injury to or the death of a patient’s sexual partner unless an act or omission of the physician, nurse or pharmacist involved “reckless, wanton, or intentional misconduct”.

Groups lobbying for Expedited Partner Therapy include Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin.

To read the bill, follow this link:

This is your last opportunity to contact your senators on SB-460.  You may call for them using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.  .  For direct contact to their offices you may use this link:

Identical legislation (AB-653) is also pending action in the State Assembly.