By Susan Chhen, PharmD Candidate of 2019, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy
This article is written in response to concerns received by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) regarding pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for expedited partner therapy (EPT) for chlamydia or gonorrhea.
EPT has been legal in Minnesota since May 2008. EPT allows providers to prescribe treatment for chlamydia or gonorrhea to a patient to deliver to his/her sex partners whom the patient believes will not go to a clinic for evaluation. Prescriptions for EPT may be written without a name in the event that the patient does not know or is unwilling to give the names of partners to providers. Some partners may also prefer to remain anonymous and not give their names to the pharmacist.
Pharmacies are encouraged to work with their system to determine how to process EPT medications without a patient name. Pharmacies may need to create a fake name that can be utilized for EPT unnamed prescriptions. For example, John Doe #1, John Doe #2, etc. At this time, EPT medications are not reimbursed by Medicaid or any known insurance companies within Minnesota. Pharmacies should process, dispense and educate on EPT medications as outlined in the “Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Guidance for Medical Providers in Minnesota”, provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, available here. Watch for additional information in the Summer issue of the Minnesota Pharmacist.