Lyme Disease Bill Advances

Posted on 21 May 2014

By Stephen J. Kotz

Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced this week that the New York State Assembly has passed a bill he co-sponsored which would protect licensed physicians who prescribe long-term antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease from disciplinary action by the New York State Board of Professional Medical Conduct.

Throughout New York and East End of Long Island, there has been a dramatic increase in Lyme disease cases, which are often difficult to test for and even harder to treat. The bill would protect health care professionals with the authority to prescribe medication from disciplinary action against solely for prescribing, administering or dispensing long-term antibiotic therapy to a patient clinically diagnosed with Lyme disease.

“The extent and severity of the Lyme disease cases on the East End has escalated to the point of a public health crisis,” said Mr. Thiele in a press release. “Physicians should not be afraid to offer proper treatment. Early treatment can save lives.”

A senate version remains under review in that chamber’s Health Committee.

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2 Responses to “Lyme Disease Bill Advances”

  1. Jeff Levy says:

    Thousands of people suffering with Lyme Disease and their families are thankful that the Members of the State Assembly we elected to serve the people have demonstrated wisdom and strength by finally offering the promise of effective treatment. We now will put our confidence in the Senators we elected to come through we equal compassion and courage.

  2. Applewine says:

    More antibiotics that do not prove infection and do not cure are of little help. We need a test to prove the infection is there and a cure. If you want a bill then make a bill to fund a rock solid test technology and a rock solid cure.

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