A01919 Summary:

SAME ASNo same as
COSPNSRLavine, Jaffee, Gottfried, Weisenberg, Cook, Gunther, Rosenthal, Roberts, Robinson, Galef, Magnarelli
MLTSPNSRArroyo, Brennan, Clark, Crouch, Finch, Jacobs, McDonough, McLaughlin, Moya, Scarborough, Simanowitz
Amd S2312, Pub Health L
Authorizes expedited partner therapy for certain sexually transmitted infections.
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A01919 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
SPONSOR: Schimel (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to authorizing expedited partner therapy for certain sexually transmitted infections   PURPOSE: To allow for expedited partner therapy for sexually trans- mitted infections that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend far the sexual partner or partners of someone having been diagnosed with the disease.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one, subdivision one allows a health care provider practitioner who is authorized under New York State law to diagnose or prescribe drugs for sexually transmitted infections, may prescribe or dispense antibiotic drugs to that person's sexual partner or partners without examining the patient's partner or partners. Subdivision two protects health care practitioners who conduct expedited partner therapy in good faith and in accordance with this legislation from civil or criminal liability. Subdivision three requires the Commissioner of Health to promulgate regulations and develop forms for patients and their partners explaining expedited partner therapy for sexually transmitted infections that the CDC recommends. Section two sets the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: In 2005, the New York State passed a law to allow health care providers with prescriptive privileges to provide expedited partner therapy (EFT) for Chlamydia infection when the prescriber's judgment is that the partner(s) will not seek a personal medical visit. This law has helped improve treatment rates for partners and decrease re-infection rates for partners. The bill will expand the current law to include other sexually transmit- ted infections that the CDC recommends for expedited partner therapy. EFT helps physicians and other health care providers decrease rates of sexually transmitted infections. While expedited partner therapy in no way replaces a face to face interaction with a health care provider, it can help patients who otherwise would not reach out for treatment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found through random- ized controlled tests that expedited Partner therapy has the potential for the same success that it has shown with Chlamydia with other sexual- ly transmitted infections (STIs). EFT can be highly effective in decreasing infection rates with other STIs that can be cured by taking antibiotics by mouth, such as gonorrhea.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: A.8720-C of 2008, signed into law. 2012: A.10277 2013: A.1919-A passed Assembly.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect January, 2015.
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A01919 Text:

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                                                                Cal. No. 108
                               2013-2014 Regular Sessions
                   IN ASSEMBLY
                                     January 9, 2013
          Multi-Sponsored  by -- M. of A. ARROYO, BRENNAN, CLARK, CROUCH, FINCH,

          once  and referred to the Committee on Health -- committee discharged,
          bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended  and  recommitted  to  said
          committee  --  advanced  to  a  third  reading,  amended  and  ordered
          reprinted, retaining its place on the order of third reading
        AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to authorizing  expe-
          dited partner therapy for certain sexually transmitted infections
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 2312 of the public health law, as added by  chapter
     2  577 of the laws of 2008, is amended to read as follows:
     3    §  2312. Expedited partner therapy for chlamydia trachomatis infection

     4  and other sexually transmitted infections.  1. Notwithstanding any other
     5  provision of law and consistent with section two thousand three  hundred
     6  five  of this title, a health care practitioner (who is authorized under
     7  title eight of the education law to diagnose  and  prescribe  drugs  for
     8  sexually  transmitted chlamydia trachomatis infection and other sexually
     9  transmitted infections, acting within his or her lawful scope  of  prac-
    10  tice)   who  diagnoses  a  sexually  transmitted  chlamydia  trachomatis
    11  infection or other  sexually  transmitted  infection  in  an  individual
    12  patient   may   prescribe,   dispense,  furnish,  or  otherwise  provide
    13  prescription antibiotic drugs for the  sexually  transmitted  infections
    14  that  the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use

    15  of expedited partner therapy to that patient's sexual partner  or  part-
    16  ners without examination of that patient's partner or partners.
    17    2. A health care practitioner who reasonably and in good faith renders
    18  expedited  partner therapy in accordance with this section and following
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

        A. 1919--B                          2
     1  the rules and regulations promulgated by the commissioner shall  not  be
     2  subject  to  civil or criminal liability or be deemed to have engaged in
     3  unprofessional conduct.
     4    3.  The commissioner shall promulgate rules and regulations concerning

     5  the implementation of this section and  shall  also  develop  forms  for
     6  patients  and  their partners explaining expedited partner therapy for a
     7  chlamydia  trachomatis  infection    and  other   sexually   transmitted
     8  infections  that  the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recom-
     9  mends the use of expedited partner therapy.  Such forms shall be written
    10  in a clear and coherent manner using words with common,  everyday  mean-
    11  ings.
    12    § 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2015.
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