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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
7/21/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – New Jersey has become the tenth state that requires physicians to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications. California’s prescription drug database is voluntary for prescribers. Signed by Gov. Chris Christie, the New Jersey law requires doctors and prescribers to consult...
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...
News Release
6/3/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog applauded passage by the California Senate today of four bills that will help curtail overprescribing of psychotropic medication to foster youth, but said additional steps are needed to ensure these most vulnerable patients are protected from harm. The four bills will provide better monitoring, treatment...
News Story
5/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Voters soundly rejected Proposition 46 – which would’ve raised California’s 40-year-old cap on certain medical malpractice damage awards – in November, but a lesser-known part of that measure moved forward Thursday in the Legislature. The state Senate voted 28-11 to approve SB 482 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens,...
News Release
5/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Today, the California State Senate approved legislation to require doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, will require prescribers to...
News Story
5/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters say checking database could cut painkiller deaths The California State Senate approved legislation Thursday that would require doctors to check the state’s narcotics database before they prescribe controlled substances for new patients. Senate Bill 482, authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara, of Bell Gardens, would also require...
News Story
5/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California doctors would be required to check a statewide database before prescribing narcotics under a bill moving through the state Legislature. Currently it is voluntary to check the state's Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, known as CURES. The database lets doctors make sure patients are...
News Story
5/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Almost four dozen Americans die every day from prescription pain-killer overdoses. These deaths coincide with a sharp increase in the number of prescriptions written for narcotic pain-killers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Norco. “Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a...