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N.S. doctor clashes with peers on Lyme disease treatment

March 22, 2016 – 5:10pm

ST. STEPHEN, N.B. – A retired Nova Scotia medical doctor hopes that if his former colleagues will not prescribe longterm antibiotics for Lyme disease, West Coast naturopaths might.

Patients afflicted with Lyme disease in the Maritimes say that they have to travel to Maine and elsewhere in the United States because Canadian doctors will not prescribe antibiotics beyond about a month.

Dr. Ben Boucher said in an interview that he has spoken with naturopathic doctors in British Columbia, who can legally prescribe antibiotics, about doing clinics in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Their prescriptions could be filled in British Columbia, then mailed east, he said.

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