Maine looks to join growing list of states protecting doctors from their own licencing boards via legislation

BY JOE LAWLOR Press Herald Mar 2nd, 2015

A bill would prevent the state medical board from punishing a doctor who prescribes long-term antibiotics, a disputed method for fighting the spreading disease.

SACO — Lisa Lawlor couldn’t find a doctor in Maine willing to treat her chronic Lyme disease, so she traveled to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to see a physician who prescribed her six months of antibiotics – a much longer treatment than typically recommended.

Lawlor’s experience is becoming more common as the disease spreads and its victims seek relief from the often debilitating illness, according to advocates for Lyme patients.

A bill before the Legislature would …

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