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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...
Feature
9/30/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Due to a health care change by her employer, Anh Kim Goodson was forced into the Kaiser Permanente system on 12-1-11 and continued for 2-1/2 years until she was eligible for Medicare at age 65 at which time she switched to a non-Kaiser Medicare doctor. On her first visit to a Kaiser doctor, there was no physical exam done, no X-rays done during...
News Story
8/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A yearlong study released last month suggests Kentucky's new law requiring physicians and pharmacists to register with and use the state's new electronic prescription drug monitoring system is working. Two weeks ago, New Jersey became the 10th state to establish a "meaningful mandate" requiring physicians to check a database...
Blog Post
8/11/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
A Sonora family doctor arrested in July for overprescribing controlled substances is now accused of working “so high on narcotics” that she would nod off during appointments and pass out in the office, according to the Union Democrat. A Newport Beach doctor had his license suspended in July after being caught stealing narcotics from...
News Story
6/23/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in California. A bill in the state legislature, SB 482 (Lara), aims to reduce the problem. It would require doctors to check a state database before prescribing schedule II and schedule III drugs to a patient for the first time. Drugs included in these categories include...