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News Release
7/17/2017
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Supreme Court today issued a decision affirming the right of the Medical Board of California to use the state prescription drug database to protect patients from incompetent and negligent doctors, and to prevent dangerous and illegal prescribing of opioids and other powerful medications. In the case, Lewis v...
News Story
8/26/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
DANVILLE -- For more than a decade, Bob Pack has been haunting the hallways in and around the state Capitol, knocking on doors of California lawmakers, lobbyists and doctors' groups, hoping his family's tragic tale would persuade them to pass legislation that might stop his nightmare from recurring. At every meeting and legislative hearing...
News Story
8/11/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
For the fourth consecutive year, we write this editorial. Since we started, thousands of Californians have died from prescription opioid drug overdoses. Tens of thousands have been hospitalized. And since we started, the California Medical Association has successfully blocked simple, meaningful reform that could greatly reduce the human toll....
News Story
7/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The numbers are staggering and getting worse. More than 165,000 Americans died from prescription opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Department of Public Health says 1,895 Californians died of opioid overdoses in 2013. An additional 11,683 — an average of 32 a...
News Story
7/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA -- As a defensive strong safety on his high school football team, Aaron Rubin was no stranger to injury treatment. He'd apply ice, take ibuprofen and - unbeknownst to his parents - self-medicate with prescription drugs. Over time, as treatment turned to addiction, Rubin graduated from painkillers like Vicodin and Percocet to...
News Release
6/14/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – A California Assembly committee approved a bill today to begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic and save lives. More people are lost in California to drug overdoses than any other state, and many of those family members testified to their loss today. The Assembly Business and Professions Committee voted 15-0 to approve...
News Story
6/14/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Like 48 other states, California has an online database that records all the prescriptions issued for potentially habit-forming or abuseable drugs, such as OxyContin and Ritalin. The hope is that the system will deter patients from “doctor shopping” to obtain excess quantities of a drug, and help authorities crack down on healthcare...
News Release
3/28/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama will give the keynote address at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit tomorrow where prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are being highlighted as essential tools to reduce prescription abuse. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check...
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
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-...