Drug shortage hikes prices for Lyme disease drug

[KARE 11, May 08, 2013] Just in time for the start of tick season, news of a shortage of an antibiotic used to treat Lyme disease has put numerous pharmacies on alert. The best treatment is said to be Doxycycline, a common antibiotic, but it's in short supply.

Allina Medical Clinic - The Doctors Uptown Infectious Disease Physician, Frank Rhame says, "Cefuroxime or Amoxicillin are fine, but when you have Lyme disease it's often that anaplasmosis or lukeosis goes along with it. They are often dual infections. So we really like to use Doxycycline because of those three drugs I mentioned, it's the only one that is effective against those other two."

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