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News Release
5/7/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Medical Board unanimous vote to support a bill requiring doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose...
News Story
5/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
It's time for California doctors to get on board with the statewide effort to curb prescription drug abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called the problem an epidemic. Per-capita use of highly addictive prescription opiates in the United States increased five-fold from 1997 to 2007. Medicare-covered opiate prescriptions...
News Release
4/29/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that the abysmal patient safety record of California hospitals exposed in a national report card highlights the lack of legal deterrence and safeguards to protect consumers. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality, gave nearly 40 percent of California...
News Release
2/24/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Saying the public has a right to know, Consumer Watchdog called upon Senators Mike McGuire and Jim Beall to subpoena Department of Health Care Services data on prescribing patterns of psychotropic medication by doctors to foster youth. Senator McGuire and Senator Beall are holding a joint legislative hearing today on the misuse...
News Release
2/18/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog called upon Governor Jerry Brown and government regulators to audit ten hospitals that the California Department of Public Health issued $700,000 in fines for adverse events that caused serious injury or death to patients. The fines, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 per hospital, are not large...
News Story
2/18/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The advocacy nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog is calling for government officials to audit ten California hospitals recently fined for errors that placed their patients in “immediate jeopardy” of serious injury or death, including John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. The California Department of Public Health last week penalized...
News Release
1/30/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Consumer Watchdog today called upon California State Senator Richard Pan to introduce legislation addressing the ongoing problem of drug- and alcohol-abusing physicians in California emergency rooms. Pan has announced legislation that would regulate how hospitals treat intoxicated patients. “If you truly want to protect...
News Release
1/15/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Bob Pack, who helped develop CURES, California’s prescription drug database, today called upon the California Medical Board to support mandatory checking of the database after a substance-abusing Los Angeles doctor was arrested last week on charges of narcotics trafficking. If pharmacists were required to check the database...
News Story
12/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Last week, the California Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the state's cap on pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, Modern Healthcare reports. Background on Cap Under California's 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act -- or MICRA -- pain-and-suffering damages are limited...
News Release
11/26/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: The California Supreme Court said today it will review the constitutionality of the state’s arbitrary 39-year-old damages cap of $250,000 in medical malpractice cases in Hughes v. Pham. Last week, Consumer Watchdog wrote an amicus letter asking the Court to review Hughes and overturn this decades-old injustice. Read the...