Thursday, February 4, 2010

The IDSA shows their true colors -- once again

I just received an email update from CALDA. It seems the IDSA has trouble following rules. You can read about it here:

They ignored the voting requirements that they agreed to in the antitrust settlement with CT Attorney General Blumenthal. Instead of voting on each guideline, requiring a supermajority to keep it, they flipped the logic to require a supermajority to change the guideline. It's a little more complicated than that, but is well explained in the link above.

This kind of manipulation of the truth is exactly why the IDSA and its guidelines are such a thorn in the side of Lyme patients. I'm disappointed, but not surprised, that this group which holds so much sway in the medical community cannot be relied on to act and with integrity. The IDSA is building a very clear history of bad choices, and of not acting in the public's interest.

The Attorney General has requested that the vote be re-done before the final report is drafted. We'll see if they comply. If they do not, and our interests are once again bulldozed under arrogance and greed, perhaps at least now the average family doctor will look with a healthy skepticism on the IDSA Lyme guidelines.

As a Connecticut resident, I just sent a short email thank-you note to AG Blumenthal, and I suggest you do the same.