AUGUSTA – A bill aiming to increase access to treatment for Mainers suffering from Lyme Disease may get shot down.
As originally proposed, it would prohibit the board of licensure in medicine from disciplining or revoking a doctor’s license for prescribing, administering, or dispensing long-term antibiotic treatment to a patient with lyme disease.
Now an amendment to the bill from the board would require an informed consent, prior to administering medication or treatments.
The intention, was to protect physicians treating these patients, but lawmakers say it would create a grey area for doctors, only complicating the process of treating those with lyme disease.
“I don’t want to make it harder, first we should do no harm here. We should always try to be aware of unintended consequences and those are really big consequences that are right out there in the forefront.” Rep. Deb Sanderson(R) – Chelsea
There was a work session on the bill this afternoon. As it stands with the new amendment, Sanderson adds she will personally seek out the governor to veto the current legislation if it’s not changed to make accessing medication easier for patients.