“New Hampshire residents suffering from chronic Lyme disease will no longer have to worry about finding a doctor who will treat with long-term antibiotics.
A bill, HB 295, that states doctors are free to treat Lyme disease with long-term antibiotics and cannot be punished by the Board of Medicine because of such prescriptions was passed Thursday.
The bill’s prime sponsor Gary Daniels, R-Milford, said the bill is an important step in helping both patients and doctors as it acknowledges chronic Lyme disease is a real ailment.
The text of the bill reads, “No licensee may be subject to disciplinary action solely for prescribing, administering, or dispensing long-term antibiotic therapy for a patient clinically diagnosed with Lyme disease, if diagnosis and treatment has been documented and monitored in the physician’s medical record for that patient.”
Daniels said Thursday, “The problem we were encountering, and it seems to be a nationwide trend, is there are two standards for treatment and there seems to be favoritism over one standard that basically says there’s no such thing as chronic Lyme disease.”
He added that typically, if people have Lyme disease for longer than the four week average associated with the disease, they’re instead treated for other diseases such as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.”
Clinically diagnosed, even! This is so amazing. Finally some will be able to get treatment for the disease trying to kill them without worrying that someone who has no interest nor knowledge of their situation will try to stop it.
Someone mentioned there was a bill passed recently in Texas, but upon looking what I found was a statement saying that there didn’t exist a law that prohibiting the use of long term antibitoics, which basically means the doctors cannot be taken to court like in so many other states.
I feel this is such a big step for us Lymies! Spread the word!!!
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