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News Release
5/29/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Santa Monica, CA -- The California Senate passed a bill today that will allow marketing firms, like bill sponsor Adheris, to gain access to a patient's private prescription drug records without their knowledge.  The bill will now be considered by the state Assembly. Bill sponsor Adheris Inc, previously Elensys, changed its name in 2004...
News Story
5/28/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Pharmacies in California would be allowed to sell confidential patient prescription information to third-party marketing firms working for drug companies under a bill expected to be voted on Thursday by the state Senate. The legislation would allow pharmaceutical firms to send mailings directly to patients. Supporters of the proposal say the...
News Release
5/22/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Bill Sponsor Adheris Changed Its Name After Privacy Violations, Washington Post Santa Monica, CA -- The California Senate rejected a bill today sponsored by a drug marketing firm that was forced to change its name after privacy violations. See Washington Post coverage below. The bill, SB 1096 (Calderon), which was granted a second chance to pass...
Blog Post
5/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Here's a perfect example of why a non-medical company with no relationship to the patient should never be allowed access to patient information without permission first - as a bill that advanced in the Senate this week would allow. Information on thousands of UCSF patients was accessible on the Internet for more than three months last year, a...
Blog Post
5/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A bill passed its second California Senate committee this week that would give an ever-wider circle of companies access to Californians' private medical information. SB 1096 by Senator Ron Calderon would allow pharmacies to give patients’ medication histories to third-party marketing companies, without the patient’s knowledge or...
News Story
4/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ROBERT SIEGEL, host: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel. MICHELE NORRIS, host:  And I'm Michele Norris.  In Washington tomorrow, Jackie Speier will be sworn in as the new representative of California's 12th congressional district. That's the area in and around San Francisco previously represented by Tom...
Blog Post
4/7/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It's amazing how fast Gov. Schwarzenegger reacts when it's his wife, Maria Shriver, whose medical records are being snooped. "This kind of practice has been happening all over the state, wherever there's celebrities involved" including himself, Schwarzenegger said at an unrelated news conference today. He reiterated that his...
Blog Post
3/18/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Senator Calderon's response in the Whittier Daily News to our requested amendments to SB 1096 says it all. We said that consumers must be asked and agree before their private medical records, including what prescription drugs they take, are traded, sold, shared or transferred. Calderon's response: "It would make the bill meaningless. It's...
Blog Post
3/17/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Like other top hospitals in LA, UCLA Medical Center has heavy physical security to keep the papparazi and other riff-raff away from its celebrity patients. But a flock of security guards in the parking lot can't stop an inside job. The LA Times reported over the weekend that the hospital fired 13 employees and disciplined six doctors for taking...
News Story
3/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Information from pharmacies could go to drug firms Pharmaceutical companies could gain access to medical records to send reminders to patients to refill prescriptions, if a state bill is passed. The bill, SB 1096, was introduced by state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. It allows pharmaceutical companies to purchase the information from the...