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"Alternative" Lyme disease treatment can be fatal, warns Food and Drug Administration

Updated: July 21, 2006, 6:32 PM ET
Associated Press — July 21, 2006

WASHINGTON — At least one person has died after being injected with a purported treatment for Lyme disease, health officials said Friday in warning doctors and patients to avoid the unapproved product.

The product is called bismacine or chromocine, and is mixed individually by druggists for use by injection, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The FDA is investigating the April 20, 2006, death of a person treated with bismacine, which contains high amounts of the heavy metal ...

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