SUPPORT TREATMENTTranslation: we’re in favor of protecting doctors who commit malpractice and place patients’ lives at risk by prescribing weeks of unnecessary antibiotic therapy for a disease that their patients do not have.
Encourage increased options for treatment of Lyme Disease and provide local physicians with protection from lawsuits to ensure they can treat the disease with the aggressive antibiotics that are required.
During my first few years of infectious diseases practice, I was asked to consult on a young mother admitted to the ICU for severe sepsis due to drug-resistant Pseudomonas, acquired by virtue of the weeks of intravenous ceftriaxone she’d been prescribed for a misdiagnosis of “chronic Lyme”. Her actual diagnosis was post-partum depression, for which she was eventually treated successfully, after barely surviving her hospitalization. Others haven’t been so lucky.