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Published May 09, 2013, 05:34 PM

Medicine for Lyme disease in short supply

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The drug used to treat Lyme disease is in short supply, right as tick season starts to kick into full swing.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The drug used to treat Lyme disease is in short supply, right as tick season starts to kick into full swing.

Hospitals, especially around the Twin Cities area, are seeing a shortage in doxycycline, an antibiotic used to treat the disease. It's causing prices to jump from 8 cents a pill, to more than $3.

Doctors at Sanford in Fargo say although they're seeing a smaller scale shortage, there's no reason to worry.

Dr. Augusto Alonto, Sanford Infectious Diseases: “If we are ever in short supply of that particular dosage of pill, we actually have other dosages that we can use. We should still be okay.”

Dr. Alonto says there are also several different antibiotics that can be used to treat Lyme disease.

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