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Rhode Island pharmacy offering on-site preventative treatment of Lyme Disease

A Rhode Island pharmacy becomes the first in the nation to offer on-site preventative treatment of Lyme disease. (WSMH)

A Rhode Island pharmacy becomes the first in the nation to offer on-site preventative treatment of Lyme disease.

FOX66 news anchor Bill Harris tells us the hope is that this collaboration is the first of many to come.

The pharmacy is called Green Line Apothecary, and it's located in a small town near the Rhode Island Coast.

"This is my interpretation of a pharmacy and how I want to practice it. It's a return to pharmacy's roots,” said Dr. Christina Procaccianti of Green Line Apothecary.

Down to offering free local prescription delivery, via this vintage 1940's van.

What they're offering now, many of its customers will love. It goes beyond protective sprays and lotions and clothes. It's a way for folks to help prevent Lyme disease once a deer tick has attached. It's a collaborative agreement between this independent pharmacy, a local infectious diseases physician, and a pharmacist at the URI School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Anita Jacobson is that pharmacist at URI who's been working to allow pharmacists to be able to initiate this type of therapy under this type of collaboration.

In Rhode Island, pharmacists cannot prescribe antibiotics, which is what this preventative treatment would involve: two pills, which is one dose of doxycycline.

β€œIt reduces the risk of developing Lyme disease by about 87 percent so it's not 100 percent effective. People still need to watch for symptoms of Lyme disease,” said Dr. Anita Jackson of URI School of Pharmacy.

Now, to qualify for this preventative treatment, a deer tick must have been attached for at least 36 hours and must have also been removed less than 72 hours prior to coming in.

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