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News Release
10/24/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA ROSA, CA: In 2008, two of Dr. Gurney's employees reported that he was ordering large quantities of multiple controlled substances, on a regular basis, that were not used for patient care. They also reported that Dr. Gurney was practicing "all the time" while under the influence. The Medical Board reported that one of his...
News Story
10/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A total of $66 million has been raised in the battle over a November ballot initiative related to the state's cap on pain-and-suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits and random drug testing of physicians, AP/U-T San Diego reports. Background on Prop. 46 Proposition 46 aims to improve patient safety by: Increasing the state's $...
News Release
10/23/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN DIEGO, CA: An admitted alcoholic, Dr. Greer has had a long history of alcohol abuse, having started drinking when he was about 15 years old and continuing through medical school. He has been convicted of DUIs three separate times. As a result of his alcoholism, Dr. Greer entered the Medical Board's now-defunct diversion program, which kept...
News Release
10/22/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA: In 2007, Dr. Goldenberg was first found to be high while on duty. A nurse heard him slurring his words and saying inappropriate things. Dr. Goldenberg admitted that he had been abusing codeine cough syrup and sleeping pills while on call. Even so, he was allowed to continue to practice until September 2008, when he was again...
News Story
10/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California ballot measure campaigns have raised more than $83 million since Aug. 1, and each of the six proposition races now features a deeply lopsided financial fight heading into the final weeks before Election Day. Most askew is the campaign for Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet measures, Propositions 1 and 2, which would approve a $7.5 billion...
News Story
10/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Bob Pack wanted to go after the HMO doctors for recklessly prescribing painkillers to a drug-abusing nanny who ran over his 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter as they were heading for ice cream one early fall evening in 2003. But under California's 1970s-era medical malpractice law there was a $250,000 cap...
News Story
10/21/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The battle over Proposition 46, the medical malpractice and drug testing initiative, has led to a deluge of TV and radio ads, mostly from the opposition. But although the fight on the airwaves may be the most visible element of the campaign, both sides are also using grassroots tactics to get their message out. The California Medical Assn. has...
News Story
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Proposition 46 calls for drug testing doctors and raising the cap on medical malpractice judgments. But another facet of the measure regarding patient privacy is stirring up controversy. One element of Prop 46 would mandate doctors to use a prescription database when prescribing drugs to first-time patients. However, Prop 46...
Video
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Proposition 46 calls for drug testing doctors and raising the cap on medical malpractice judgments. But another facet of the measure regarding patient privacy is stirring up controversy. Ric Romero has more.
Video
10/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering drug addict who at one point was taking up to 100 pills a day including Vicodin and oxycodone while working with patients, joined with Proposition 46 proponents and spoke about the dangers to patients of undetected physician impairment. Dr. Loyd said the latest TV ad opposing Proposition 46 is “criminal”...