Proposed legislation in Washington, S.B. 5448, was read during regular session on January 21, 2015, and referred to the Senate Health Care Committee, scheduled for hearing on February 2. The bill would allow specified practioners to treat patients dianosed with Lyme Disease using long term antibiotics, “for a therapeutic purpose that eliminates infections or controls the patient’s symptoms related to his or her diagnosis with Lyme disease.”
Since this post was initially posted, public comment was heard at a hearing on Feb. 2, 2015, and the Facebook page that was started to promote this effort (Ticked Off on Lyme WA) has been growing in following and information sharing. Per the founder of the page, who spoke at the hearing, as posted on the page:
~ Great Day in the Senate on Our Lyme Bill SB 5448 ~ Talked to the Chairs and they plan on moving the bill to the Floor for a vote ~ Thank You Lyme Sufferers that shared your personnel lives to educate the Committee.
A current bill report summarizes it as follows:
Physicians, osteopathic physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and osteopathic physician assistants may prescribe, administer, or dispense long-term antibiotic therapy to a patient who has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. The long-term antibiotic therapy must be for a therapeutic purpose that eliminates or controls the patient’s infection and symptoms. A provider may not be subject to professional disciplinary action solely based upon the provider prescribing, administering, or dispensing long-term antibiotic therapy to a patient who has been diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Relevant Links So Far:
Washington Residents, to comment:
Full Text of Bill (at first reading):
Social Media Updates–New facebook page: