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Final Report of the Lyme Disease Review Panel

In November 2006, the Connecticut Attorney General (CAG), Richard Blumenthal, initiated an antitrust investigation to determine whether the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) violated antitrust laws in the promulgation of the IDSA’s 2006 Lyme disease guidelines, entitled “The Clinical Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Lyme Disease, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis, and Babesiosis: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America” (the 2006 Lyme Guidelines). IDSA maintained that it had developed the 2006 Lyme disease guidelines based on a proper review of the medical/scientific studies and evidence by a panel of experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Lyme disease. In April 2008, the CAG and the IDSA reached an agreement to end the investigation.  Under the Agreement and its attached Action Plan, the 2006 Lyme Guidelines remain in effect, and the Society agreed to convene a Review Panel whose task would be to determine whether or not the 2006 Lyme Guidelines were based on sound medical/scientific evidence and whether or not these guidelines required change or revision.

The Review Panel was not charged with updating or rewriting the 2006 Lyme Guidelines.  Any recommendation for update or revision to the 2006 Lyme Guidelines would be conducted by a separate IDSA group.

This is the Final Report of the Review Panel.

Introduction and Purpose
Review Panel Members
Ombudsman and Conflict of Interest
Methodology
Individual Recommendations
Additional Review of Executive Summary Statement
Review Panel Vote on Overall Guidelines
Conclusion
Reference List

IDSA Lyme Disease Final Report (PDF)  PDF

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