NEWS: Minnesota medical board to "look other way" regarding Lyme doctors
A proposed MN law to protect Lyme doctors who prescribe long-term antibiotics has been laid aside. The Medical Practice Board has agreed to a 5-year moratorium on actions against physicians which are based solely on antibiotics therapy for chronic Lyme disease.
From the Vadnais Heights Press:
Chronic Lyme patients win reprieve
Physicians should not fear reprisal for prescribing long-term antibiotics
by Debra Neutkens
MINNEAPOLIS — It was a bitter pill to swallow, but members of the Minnesota Medical Practice Board agreed to look the other way when it comes to disciplining physicians who treat chronic Lyme disease with long-term antibiotics.
The resolution circumvents legislation that would protect physicians who prescribe long courses of antibiotics for persistent Lyme patients. At a House committee hearing Feb. 17, a bill by Rep. John Ward (DFL-District 12A) was laid aside to give the state board a chance to find a non-legislative solution to the treatment issue.
The compromise barely passed by a 8-6 vote at the board’s monthly meeting March 13. It basically reads that in the interest of allowing time for science to resolve the issue, the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MBMP) voluntarily will take a five-year moratorium on the investigation, disciplining or issuance of corrective action based solely on long-term prescription or administration of antibiotic therapy for chronic Lyme disease.
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