Lyme Bill Amended

Good news.  The Lyme bill, Senate Bill 916, has been amended.   Where it read

Permit professionals regulated by the boards to diagnose and treat, in manners consistent with the standards of care guidelines developed by the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, Lyme disease and associated viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases; and (b) Establish disciplinary procedures that consider as a mitigating factor whether, in diagnosing or treating Lyme disease or associated diseases, a professional who is facing discipline followed evidence-based diagnosis and treatment guidelines not recognized by the boards"

The text has changed to

Delete lines 4 through 19 of the printed bill and insert: “SECTION 1. The Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Medical Board and the Oregon State Board of Nursing shall study clinical guidance regarding Lyme disease and the health outcomes related to the clinical guidance and shall report findings to the appropriate committees of the Legislative Assembly no later than March 1, 2016

So the substance of the bill has been removed. An equivalent law in New York has been called a "medical misconduct law to protect quacks" has been avoided in Oregon.  For now.

I, and Oregonians for Science-Based Medicine,  wrote a letter to the committee arguing against the bill and outlining why it was a poor idea.  The letter was signed by many of the Infectious Disease doctors in the state.  

I do not know if the letter helped sway the committee, but I will count it as a small victory.

It is probably a temporary victory and I suspect that the issue will return in subsequent legislative sessions.