LYMEPOLICYWONK: ILADS Weighs in on IOM Process
Today, ILADS sent a letter to the IOM expressing its concerns about the lack of balance in the panel and the speaker list for the Lyme State of the Science conference. Not surprisingly, it was concerned primarily about the exclusion of ILADS physicians from presenting at the conference and with the large roles handed to Dr. Wormer, chair of the IDSA Lyme guidelines panel, and Dr. Aguera-Rosenfeld, who until recently worked at NYMC with him, are both known to have biased views regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Exclusionary conduct on the part of the IDSA has prevented the type of scientific debate that is essential to understanding where the science in Lyme disease rests. ILADS took issue with the large roles handed to the IDSA in the diagnosis and treatment issues at the conference, stating: “There is a significant disconnect between IDSA and the community of physicians who treat Lyme disease. There is also an urgent need for transparency in recognizing the limitations of the existing Lyme research. The bulk of the research on Lyme treatment has been controlled by IDSA researchers. Their research is based on sample populations that do not reflect those seen in clinical practice.” Lyme treatment research has been plagued by sample sizes that are too small to measure clinically relevant treatment effects and that do not reflect the types of patients seen in clinical practice. The link to the ILADS letter follows the jump. . .
The letter also quotes Dr. Willy Burgdorfer, formerly of the National Institutes of Health and discoverer of the Lyme spirochete: “The controversy in Lyme disease research is a shameful affair. And I say that because the whole thing is politically tainted. Money goes to people that have for the past 30 years produced the same thing— nothing.”
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