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News Story
10/21/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Prescription drug prices in the United States are the highest in the world — by far. Californians on Nov. 8 have a chance to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry’s greed and spark a national movement to end this price-gouging. Today, no laws prevent drug companies from doubling or tripling prices. So they just do it. The most recent...
News Release
10/20/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA -- Drug companies poured $22 million more into their campaign to stop drug pricing reform Proposition 61 after Wall Street began to query the companies about losing the election. For the first time, Proposition 61 was mentioned in an earnings call by a major drug company on October 18th. On the call, Goldman Sachs analyst Jami...
Video
10/14/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court debates the drug industry's representative Kathy Fairbanks about Prop 61, which lowers the prices the state of California pays for prescription drugs.    Paid for by Consumer Watchdog Campaign - Yes on 61, Major Funding by Yes on Prop 61, Californians for Lower Drug Prices, With Major Funding by...
News Story
10/10/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates and concerned parents gathered Monday in Santa Monica to condemn the drug industry’s well-heeled campaign against Proposition 61, a measure designed to stop drug price gouging. The press conference was held in the wake of Friday’s announcement that Mylan will pay a $465 million penalty for overcharging Medicaid for...
News Release
10/4/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA—Consumer Watchdog today called out the Kaiser Family Foundation for holding a one-sided debate on drug price controls tomorrow that allows the opponents of Prop 61, the drug makers who raised $90 million against the effort to rein in California’s drug bills, a seat but leaves proponents out. The drug-pricing panel...
News Story
9/6/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Counting on the growing public outrage over the soaring costs of prescription drugs - and bolstered by the recent fury generated by huge price hikes for lifesaving EpiPens - Proposition 61 proponents are gearing up for one of the most highly anticipated ballot measure showdowns this election season. The California Drug Price Relief Act would...
News Release
8/24/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – With a unanimous vote the California Assembly approved SB 482 today, legislation that will begin reversing the opioid overdose epidemic by requiring doctors to check patients’ prescription histories before prescribing. The bill now heads to the Senate for concurrence before being sent to the governor. “California...
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...