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News Story
4/25/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The industry is expected to pour $100 million into an effort to squash the November ballot initiative Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton give drug makers the jitters when they talk about Medicare negotiating the prices of prescription drugs. But the biggest near-term threat to the industry comes from a California ballot initiative that would test a...
News Story
4/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Doctors who are on probation after being disciplined by state regulators would have to share that information with patients before providing care under a bill making its way through the state Senate. The measure, which would apply to physicians, podiatrists, acupuncturists and chiropractors, was passed by the Senate Business, Professions and...
News Release
3/28/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama will give the keynote address at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit tomorrow where prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are being highlighted as essential tools to reduce prescription abuse. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check...
News Story
3/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Twenty-nine groups, including the Center for Justice & Democracy and Consumer Watchdog, have signed onto a letter that protests H.R. 4771, the HEALTH Act of 2016. The bill establishes a $250,000 cap on compensation for non-economic damages because of medical malpractice, among other measures, and the House Judiciary Committee votes on it this...
News Story
3/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Three years after lawmakers threatened to pull the plug on the Medical Board of California over slow enforcement of doctor discipline, the problem is worse. Formal accusations filed in the last fiscal year took an average of 532 days to complete. That's up nearly 11 percent from 2013, when the Legislature mandated reform. Settlements took an...
News Release
2/3/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check California’s prescription drug...
News Release
1/13/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rein in opioid overprescribing by primary care physicians will reduce the prescription overdose epidemic and save lives, said Consumer Watchdog in comments submitted to the agency today. One recommendation, that providers prescribing highly-...
News Story
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health experts say system available in California could curb overdose deaths Public health experts say California and other states should require doctors to check a prescription drug database before giving new patients a prescription for opioids and other controlled substances. The new call to action to reduce prescription drug overdose deaths was...
News Release
11/17/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – California can lead in the fight against prescription drug abuse by joining a growing consensus of public health leaders who are urging mandatory use of prescription drug monitoring programs, Consumer Watchdog said today.   On Monday, a group of experts, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of...
News Release
10/22/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Lawmakers should overhaul the state Medical Board to create an all-public member board, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to lawmakers today, and ensure physician oversight is conducted to protect the public interest, not doctors. The letter urged Senator Hill and Assembly Member Bonilla, chairs of the Senate and...