NH joins the fray in support of doctors

Excerpted from WMUR9  ( Posted: 2/17/2010 )

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for doctors to treat Lyme disease with long-term antibiotics. The bill was supported by Kathy Kettmann, who said she has spent almost eight years battling the disease.

 “I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t talk,” she said. “I was very sick, and to be put in a car for five hours to go to the doctor because we couldn’t get treated in New Hampshire was hard.”

 Doctors had been reluctant to administer long-term antibiotics because many in the medical community are skeptical about the existence of a chronic form of the disease.

 “Doctors will not have to fear that if they treat with long-term antibiotics, that they will be disciplined,” said supporter Marilyn Rivera. “It will help so many people.”

For full article: http://www.wmur.com/health/22593983/detail.html

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~ by Rob on February 18, 2010.

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