I n February, the Virginia Senate passed landmark legislation affecting a patient’s right to treatment consistent with guidelines listed in the National Guidelines Clearinghouse (the “NGC”). The Virginia House is being urged to follow suit.
According to Monte Skall, executive director of NatCapLyme, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit, Virginia doctors are increasingly refusing to accept new patients who present with symptoms of Lyme or other tick-borne diseases. When a patient seems to need extended antibiotic treatment, she says, many physicians believe that the State Board of Medicine will sanction them if they report and treat such cases.
Understandably, physicians are reluctant to risk such exposure, although extended treatment is a recommended option for some patients in the ILADS guidelines published by the NGC. These guidelines recommend an individualized approach to treatment-resistant Lyme…… Join or login below to continue reading.
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