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Hodge, College's PHLPP co-sponsor health policy meeting with CDC, Johns Hopkins

May 14, 2010

The College of Law's Public Health Law and Policy Program co-sponsored "Consultation on Legal Policy Issues Related to Implementation of Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT), May 13, in Atlanta.

The meeting is in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division (CDC) of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, the CDC Public Health Law Program and the Johns Hopkins Centers for Law and the Public's Health.

James G. Hodge Jr., the ASU Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics and Director of the College of Law's Public Health Law and Policy Program, facilitated two panels during the day-long meeting.

In "Legal Barriers to Implementing EPT in Practice I: Liability," participants discussed potential liability issues faced by physicians, pharmacists and other health-care providers when attempting to administer or implement EPT. Relevant issues included liability to patients and partners, such as informed consent or adverse drug reactions, reporting requirements, drug distribution requirements and lack of oversight. In the second panel with Hodge, "Identification and Development of Tools to Address Identified Barriers," participants identifyed and describe tools that may be developed to address legal and policy barriers to adoption of laws authorizing EPT and to facilitate the implementation of EPT nationally.

Through scholarly and applied work, Hodge delves into multiple areas of public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. He teaches Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, Public Health Law and Ethics, and Global Health Law and Policy at the College of Law. He also is a Faculty Fellow in the law school's Center for Law, Science & Innovation, and an affiliated faculty member in the Global Health program in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at ASU.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law