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News Release
7/16/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new investigative report by KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, reported on the California Medical Board’s failure to police negligent doctors, like former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao. KGTV previously reported that Dr. Chao, a known substance-abuser, could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of...
News Story
7/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Following heavy lobbying from both sides, the California Democratic Party’s executive board has voted to endorse Proposition 45, a measure to give the state insurance commissioner regulatory power over health insurance rates. The proposition is one of two causing friction within the Democratic Party, pitting pitting trial lawyers and...
News Story
6/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California Secretary of State Debra Bowen last week announced six initiatives have qualified for the November ballot -- two of them health-related. The deadline for ballot qualification was June 26. Proponents of two other health-related measures had hoped to make the November 2014 election, but the Secretary of State's office is holding them...
News Story
6/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Many jobs in the construction industry require workers to undergo drug testing, and the same is true for other blue-collar positions ranging from truck drivers to forklift operators.   Jonathan Nackstrand, AFP/File A nurse prepares a kit for drug addicts at a needle exchange facility located at St Goeran's hospital...
News Story
6/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
We trust doctors with our lives. They’re supposed to take care of us. But physicians are only human. Government studies indicate at least 100,000 doctors — or about one in 10 currently working — is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Some are performing surgeries while stoned, injuring and even killing unsuspecting patients, according...
News Story
6/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Insurance rate hikes, medical malpractice and water tunnels might not generate the kind of passionate water-cooler debate you'd find over marijuana, abortion and the death penalty. But this fall, California voters will be besieged by arguments about those weightier issues in the run-up to November's general election. With the governor'...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Each year, 440,000 Americans die from medical negligence. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death, behind only heart disease and cancer. A big cause of these preventable deaths is doctors recklessly prescribing opioid narcotics. Two weeks ago, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus took on this problem by suing five of the...
News Story
5/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The measure would also require random drug and alcohol testing of physicians.   A wide-ranging initiative that includes raising the limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits and requiring random drug and alcohol testing of doctors has qualified for the November ballot, Secretary of State Debra...
News Release
5/22/2014
Posted by MIchael Kapp
Watchdog: Revoke License, NFL Players Support Doctor Drug Testing SANTA MONICA, CA – In response to an investigative report that former Chargers head team physician and known substance-abuser Dr. David Chao could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of former linebacker Junior Seau, Consumer Watchdog called upon the Medical Board of...
News Story
5/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
If anyone should know how to steer clear of cures that are worse than the disease, it's doctors. That's why it seems so odd — on the surface — that the California Medical Assn. would sponsor a bill to re-create a drug- and alcohol-treatment program for physicians that has failed miserably in the past. It's when you look...