Lyme disease law is pending

Excerpted from the Telegram.com  ( Posted: 07/01/2010 )

BOSTON —  A law allowing the long-term use of antibiotics for the treatment of chronic Lyme disease has been approved by the Legislature and is awaiting Gov. Deval L. Patrick’s signature.

Currently, doctors in Massachusetts are prohibited from prescribing antibiotics to patients with the disease for longer than four weeks, because of complications associated with using antibiotics over a prolonged period of time, and controversy about the existence of a chronic form of Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacterium transmitted by deer ticks.

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre, a sponsor of the bill, said the antibiotic provision is attached to the state budget for next fiscal year, although no funding is involved.

For the full article: http://www.telegram.com/article/20100630/NEWS/6300364/1052/newsrewind

 

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~ by Rob on July 1, 2010.

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