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News Story
10/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
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News Release
10/27/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
CENTRAL VALLEY, CA: In 2008, Dr. Hoffmann was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. She was pulled over and a test showed her blood alcohol level was at .10%, over the legal limit of .08%. After a criminal trial, Dr. Hoffmann was convicted of a DUI and sentenced to two days in jail and was required to abstain from alcohol. However, when she...
News Story
10/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Nearly 40 years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law to help stem spiraling costs for medical malpractice insurance policies in California. Brown would later describe the situation at the time as dire: Doctors were forced to “go bare” because they couldn’t afford insurance. Some stopped providing high-risk procedures. Others...
News Story
10/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Study finds that 68% of ER patients who overdosed on opioid drugs took pills prescribed by a doctor Cost of treating patients who overdosed on prescription opioids was $1.4 billion in a single year Prescription drug overdoses, a dangerous side effect of the nation’s embrace of narcotic painkillers, are a “substantial” burden on...
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
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 Release
10/21/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA: Based on complaints that Dr. Candelaria was providing anesthesia in her husband's office without the requisite training, the Medical Board opened an investigation. The investigation uncovered an instance in which allegedly “Dr. Candelaria was administering anesthesia (believed to be Demerol) intravenously to a patient in...