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News Release
10/12/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Dr. Kuemmerle, a methamphetamine addict, was the most prolific prescriber of Adderall and the second-highest prescriber of narcotics in the state. Records show his reckless prescribing went uninvestigated until a drug dealer Dr. Kuemmerle was selling prescriptions to was arrested by an undercover officer. The...
News Release
10/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: Dr. West was a plastic surgeon with complaints of negligence and dishonesty filed by at least six severely deformed patients beginning in 2000. None of them knew that West had a substance abuse problem, or that he had entered the Medical Board’s secret (and now defunct) addiction monitoring program. In 2005, Dr. West...
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”...
News Story
10/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The campaign formed to oppose Proposition 46 has added to its critique of the measure, arguing in a new TV ad called “ Inside” that it puts Californians’ medical information at risk. The multipronged proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot would more than quadruple the maximum medical malpractice award; mandate drug and alcohol testing for...
News Release
9/29/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SACRAMENTO, CA – Bob Pack, who lost his two young children to a doctor-shopping driver, today called on the California Medical Association to immediately cease airing a television ad from opponents of Proposition 46 that the San Jose Mercury News called “shamelessly deceptive” and of which the LA Times said “practically...
News Story
9/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
What started as a Danville couple's crusade for justice for their dead children has become a war between some of California's most powerful special interests and the year's costliest ballot measure battle. Proposition 46 would raise the state's 39-year-old cap on medical malpractice damage awards, require doctors to take random...
News Story
9/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Two powerful professional groups — doctors and lawyers — are squaring off and spending more than $65 million on Proposition 46, one of six statewide measures on the Nov. 4 ballot. Even the measure’s official title — “Drug and Alcohol Testing of Doctors. Medical Negligence Lawsuits. Initiative Statute” — is...
News Story
9/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Proposition 46 would raise California's cap on "pain and suffering" damages in medical malpractice cases from $250,000, set in 1975, so that the cap is indexed to inflation; require doctors to submit to random drug testing; and require doctors to consult a state database to prevent "doctor shopping" by prescription drug...