Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Sexually Transmissible Disease Control Act. Adds definitions for "health care professional" and "expedited partner therapy". Provides that the Department of Public Health shall provide information and technical assistance as appropriate to health care professionals who provide expedited partner therapy services for persons with sexually transmissible diseases. Provides that a health care professional who makes a clinical diagnosis of chlamydia or gonorrhea may prescribe, dispense, furnish, or otherwise provide prescription antibiotic drugs to the infected person's sexual partner or partners without physical examination of the partner or partners, if in the judgment of the health care professional, the partner is unlikely or unable to present for comprehensive health care. Provides that the health care professional shall provide counseling for the patient and written materials to be given by the patient to the partner or partners. Provides that a health care professional providing expedited partner therapy in good faith without fee or compensation and providing counseling and written materials shall not be subject to civil or professional liability, except for willful and wanton misconduct. Makes other changes.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the engrossed bill with the following changes. Amends the Medical Practice Act of 1987, Nurse Practice Act, and Physician Assistant Practice Act of 1987 to provide that no licensee under the Acts may be disciplined for providing expedited partner therapy in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Sexually Transmissible Disease Control Act. Further amends the Illinois Sexually Transmissible Disease Control Act to provide that a pharmacist or pharmacy shall not be subject to civil or professional liability for choosing not to fill a prescription that would cause the pharmacist or pharmacy to violate any provision of the Pharmacy Practice Act, including the definitions of "prescription" and "drug regimen review" as set forth in the Pharmacy Practice Act.