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News Release
8/4/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – The author of California's patient safety ballot measure Proposition 46 and a consumer advocate supporting the campaign called upon the California Medical Association and its president, Dr. Richard Thorp, to seriously discuss the somber reality of doctors with problems with substance addiction and abuse. Bob Pack, the...
News Story
8/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — At a time when random drug testing is part of the job for pilots, train operators, police officers and firefighters — to name a few — one high-profile line of work has managed to remain exempt: doctors. That may be about to change. California would become the first state to require doctors to submit to random drug...
News Release
7/30/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, Calif. – The medical malpractice insurance industry and hospitals are the biggest force bankrolling the campaign against a patient safety initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot, pumping in more than two-thirds of the $41 million war chest amassed by Proposition 46 foes, according to campaign finance disclosure documents. After profiting...
News Release
7/29/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA – Two powerful labor groups, the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council and the California Conference Board–Amalgamated Transit Union, have joined the growing list of organizations and individuals that support Proposition 46, the patient safety initiative on California’s Nov. 4 ballot. “Patient safety is...
News Release
7/24/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A record high 46 doctors were disciplined for substance abuse last year according to a report prepared for a meeting of the California Medical Board today. Yet that record-breaking number represents just a fraction of the number of doctors likely to be abusing substances in California at any given time, said advocates with...
News Release
7/21/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich announced her support for Prop 46, the November ballot initiative that will protect patient safety and save lives.   Brockovich is best known for the work she did to build a case against PG&E on their groundwater contamination in Hinkley, CA, in...
News Story
6/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Many jobs in the construction industry require workers to undergo drug testing, and the same is true for other blue-collar positions ranging from truck drivers to forklift operators.   Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP/File A nurse prepares a kit for drug addicts at a needle exchange facility located at St Goeran's hospital...
News Story
6/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
We trust doctors with our lives. They’re supposed to take care of us. But physicians are only human. Government studies indicate at least 100,000 doctors — or about one in 10 currently working — is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Some are performing surgeries while stoned, injuring and even killing unsuspecting patients, according...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Each year, 440,000 Americans die from medical negligence. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death, behind only heart disease and cancer. A big cause of these preventable deaths is doctors recklessly prescribing opioid narcotics. Two weeks ago, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus took on this problem by suing five of the...
News Story
5/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The measure would also require random drug and alcohol testing of physicians.   A wide-ranging initiative that includes raising the limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and requiring random drug and alcohol testing of doctors has qualified for the November ballot, Secretary of State Debra...