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News Story
3/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Emotional families whose loved ones died as a result of medical negligence spoke out Monday and delivered enough signatures to get it on the November ballot Families who lost loved ones to medical negligence delivered thousands of signatures on Monday for a ballot measure that would require California doctors to undergo random drug testing. The...
News Story
3/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
•  May make it to the November ballot •  “Doctor drug testing will become a standard all across America, just as it already is for pilots” Californians may be asked when they vote in November to determine if doctors should be tested for drug abuse. The requirement is contained in a proposed initiative for which more...
News Story
3/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ballot measure to lift pain, suffering cap set to clear signature hurdle SACRAMENTO - In addition to lobbying lawmakers, tort lawyers last year threatened they'd turn to voters to raise the cap on medical malpractice suite payouts. Some observers initially greeted the move as a bluff, but as time wore on, it became increasingly clear that...
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3/22/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Supporters on Monday are expected to submit more than 800,000 signatures to put the medical reform measure, which would also require doctors to submit to drug tests and make it harder for prescription drug abusers to get their pills, on the November ballot. Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court told KCAL9's Dave Bryan that doctors just don'...
News Release
3/14/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Officials with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services called for random drug testing of doctors in an opinion piece in the New York Times Thursday. The first law in the nation requiring random drug testing of physicians will be considered by California voters as part of a patient safety initiative headed for...
News Release
3/13/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Californians should have the same right as Floridians to equal protection under the law in cases of medical negligence, said Consumer Watchdog Campaign today after the Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s cap on medical negligence damages is unconstitutional.  Signatures will be turned in beginning next week...
News Story
3/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The family of Jahi McMath and their attorney lashed out Thursday at a state report concluding that Children's Hospital Oakland complied with medical regulatory standards in its handling of the young girl's case. Critics of the hospital questioned the thoroughness of the report, conducted by the state Department of Health, discussing for...
News Story
3/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed commentary was published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in The New York Times. ------------ PEOPLE go to hospitals to get well. We all know that medical care involves risks, but what patients don’t expect is that the doctors, nurses and other staff members charged with their care may deliberately cause them harm. As an...
News Story
3/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The biggest drug problem in the United States is not the one we think we have: illegal drugs. It is drugs prescribed by doctors. On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder properly focused attention on the sharp rise in heroin deaths, noting that “addiction to heroin and other opiates, including certain prescription pain-killers, is...
News Release
3/7/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- A California ballot initiative that has garnered more than 800,000 signatures from voters addresses a study published this week in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association that finds doctors are the biggest suppliers for chronic prescription drug abusers. The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act requires...