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News Release
10/30/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
FRESNO, CA: Dr. Flores had a history of arrests for domestic violence, possession of narcotics, and being under the influence -- including DUIs. The Medical Board began an investigation into Dr. Flores' suspicious prescriptions of controlled narcotics to eight patients, without proper documentation or proof of examination. These drugs included...
News Release
10/30/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates and victims of medical negligence released a new Yes on 46 TV ad today featuring a sweating, shaky surgeon who runs out of the operating room and dramatizes the potentially deadly risks of physician substance abuse. The ad, “Need A Drink?” also warns voters about the $100 million that the...
News Story
10/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Bias alert! I am proud to say that for 25 years I’ve been a board member of Consumer Watchdog, the nonprofit formerly known as the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. You could say I’m a dogged board member. We are famous for the passage of Proposition 103 in 1988, which saved California motorists over $102 billion — yes...
News Release
10/29/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
MURRIETA, CA: In July 2013, Dr. Vreeke was on duty, working as an anesthesiologist. Unfortunately, she was also impaired on a drug she had stolen from work that she had administered to herself intravenously. She was discovered and sent home. However, the next day she came back to work and stole three vials of drugs before returning home. The...
News Release
10/29/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
San Diego, CA - Today the Civility Project, an organization that evaluates political advertisements, awarded the Yes on 46 campaign an A- for its ad featuring Sen. Barbara Boxer while it gave the No campaign a "C" for its ad paid for by insurance companies that have spent $44 million to oppose the measure. The “No” ad,...
News Release
10/28/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- After suspicious behavior and inconsistencies were revealed in a routine audit of controlled substances, Dr. Trindle was asked to submit to a drug test. He tested positive for Fentanyl. At the time, Dr. Trindle was participating in a now-defunct diversion program for substance abusing physicians. Doctors were allowed to...
News Story
10/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield of California, one of the state's four major health insurers, has a sales office on the 20th floor of the Pacific Corporate Towers in El Segundo. Had the employees peered down to the plaza on a recent Tuesday morning, they would have seen a small cluster of picketers. From 300 feet up, it would be impossible to read the signs, or...
News Story
10/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
What will and won't happen if medical malpractice 'pain and suffering' awards are indexed for inflation   For haters of junk mail, Proposition 46 may be this election season's biggest nuisance. Groups supporting and opposing 46 have spared no expense in stuffing voters' mailboxes. Among other provisions, the measure would...
News Story
10/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
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News Release
10/27/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CENTRAL VALLEY, CA: In 2008, Dr. Hoffmann was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. She was pulled over and a test showed her blood alcohol level was at .10%, over the legal limit of .08%. After a criminal trial, Dr. Hoffmann was convicted of a DUI and sentenced to two days in jail and was required to abstain from alcohol. However, when she...