Posted June 5, 2013. Here is an article about current shortages of doxycycline. Doxycycline is often used as a first line of defense against Lyme disease. My LLMD (Lyme Literate Medical Doctor) friends tell me the situation will grow worse in times ahead. And one LLMD cautioned strongly that if people with Lyme disease need treatment, they should do it now, before January 1, 2014. On January 1, 2014, the medical system in America is going to change and many doctors say the same services and drugs will not be available and it is imperative patients with Lyme disease get treatment now.
This may sound strange to some, most people would of course get treatment right away if they discovered they had Lyme disease. They would understand that the longer you delay treatment of Lyme disease, the worse it gets. But some people do not understand this and are on the fence about taking antibiotics and/or other herbals.
I took antibiotics and I believe strongly in the effectiveness of antibiotics against Lyme disease. I also took many herbs. I did everything possible so I could get out of bed and be healthy again. It was a long road, but each day I thanked Alexander Fleming for discovering penicillin. He’s saying to those with Lyme disease-“Hey, I discovered it, take it and be well!”
Of course there are potential problems with antibiotics, but in my opinion, and in Dr. Fleming’s opinion, the benefits far outweigh any potential harm. Of course you must be taking probiotics and detoxing your liver, etc. every day, in order to not suffer harm from the antibiotics.
Whatever you decide to do, do it now, while you still have options. Talk to your LLMD and make informed decisions. January 1, 2014 is looming. To your good health! 100% Recovery BeRelentless!
It’s the outdoors season, when many of you go out into the wilderness and do various things with trees and wildlife and whatnot. Some of you will be feasted upon by deer ticks and some of those unlucky souls will contract Lyme Disease. It’s never a good year for that to happen, but this summer is particularly bad, as supply for a drug used in the treatment of Lyme Disease is running low.
On Wired.com Marilyn McKenna points out that earlier this year, the FDA warned of a shortage of doxycycline, an antibiotic used for treating things like STDs, acne, and Lyme Disease.
Since then, the price of the drug has skyrocketed while distributors report scarcities. One distributor says it won’t have any doxy until the fall, while another has restricted sales to contract customers only.
Shortly before Memorial Day, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to ask that the agency is doing everything it can to see that this shortage is being addressed.
“While we understand FDA has no authority to address the pricing of medications, shortages like this can have a severe impact on access to necessary care and underscore the importance of immediate action to ease shortages,” wrote the Senators.
In Maine, a state with a high rate of Lyme Disease, the state’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention tells the Bangor Daily News that it’s been able to get its hand on the drug, but “the price is going up,” with some saying it’s now five to 10 times higher than it used to be.
Although it’s difficult for the hospital to get the IV form of Doxycycline, the shortage is worse for pills, Rohani said. A quick supplier search by Rohani on Friday showed that 50 capsules would cost the hospital between $197 and $270, if it could get them.
Doxy can be replaced by other meds for many of the ills it treats, but the Maine state epidemiologist says, “We always prefer the one we know and use first line, and for Lyme, that’s Doxycycline.”
By Chris Morran June 4, 2013