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Judge, Jury = Status Quo: Astonishment as Medical Panel Rubber Stamps its Own Controversial Guidelines
Date:4/28/2010

Researchers on the sidelines tell thousands of sufferers that chronic Lyme doesn't exist; no viable alternative explanations given

BETHESDA, Md., April 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite years of controversy, an antitrust lawsuit by the Connecticut Attorney General, and nine months of review, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) double downed on its own controversial Lyme disease treatment guidelines with a status quo decision critics call "highly suspect."

"It's a sad day for the health care system and for everyone who suffers from the Lyme disease epidemic," says Dr. Robert Bransfield, President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).  "The IDSA's flawed positions means patients will continue to suffer with incorrect diagnosis and improper treatment."  Treatment guidelines are crucial when it comes to healthcare because they may dictate whether patients can get diagnosed and treated for illnesses and whether or not insurance companies will pay for it.  

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal launched an investigation against the IDSA citing evidence that the authors of 2006 Lyme disease guidelines had undisclosed conflicts of interest that may have influenced their conclusions. He also charged that they failed to consider differing medical opinions. &
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