Nebraska lawmakers defeat partner treatment bill 

Nebraska lawmakers have killed a bill that would have allowed the partners of people with chlamydia or gonorrhea to receive prescription drugs without first seeing a doctor.

The measure by Lincoln Sen. Amanda McGill fell four votes short Wednesday of the 25 needed to advance through first-round legislative debate.

The bill (LB304) would have allowed physicians, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses to provide oral drugs for an infected patient's partner, even if the partner has not been examined.

McGill says the measure is needed to address a state epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, and cites lower rates of reinfection in states that have adopted similar laws.

Bill opponents questioned the risk of prescribing drugs to people who could be allergic, or creating drug-resistant strains of bacteria.

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