• Additional Lyme Disease Research Urged
  • November 9, 2012 | Author: Elliott B. Pollack
  • Law Firm: Pullman & Comley, LLC - Hartford Office
  • Pat McClellan of Virginia “became frighteningly, mysteriously ill." He experienced loss of memory, muscle pain, joint pain and other symptoms over a two year period. An internist made a tentative diagnosis of chronic Lyme disease.

    His wife Laurie McClellan, a science writer, was struck by the difficulty her husband experienced in obtaining a diagnosis. Reflecting on the controversy surrounding whether or not chronic Lyme disease even exists, Ms. McClellan expressed frustration at her husband's being given a clinical diagnosis at the same time that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) discounted the treatment her husband was receiving and from which he was clearly benefitting.

    In her article in the March 2012 issue of Health Affairs, she urges NIH to “set up long-term clinical trials of Lyme disease patients (and to) begin funding and organizing Lyme disease research . . . .” Observing that Lyme disease remains a relative mystery, she urges that “the power of our labs, researchers and government agencies” should be harnessed to obtain the answers to definitive diagnosis and treatment options.