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News Story
6/10/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Calderon, A Recipient Of Industry Donations, Says That 'Marketing Or Sales Pitches' Would Be Barred Privacy concerns have been raised about a bill moving through the California Legislature that would let pharmacies partner with drug companies to send out letters reminding patients to refill their prescriptions. Senate Bill 1096 by Sen. Ron...
News Story
6/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Addicts: Officials Could Put End To Doctor-Shopping. An online prescription drug database that allows doctors and pharmacists to track a patient's medication history instantly and deter addicts from "doctor-shopping'' is expected to launch statewide next year, officials announced Wednesday. The $3.5 million system, the largest online...
Blog Post
6/3/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Call it Big Pharma U.  It's the commonplace practice of drug companies and medical device manufacturers to flood medical schools with millions of dollars in cash, gifts and free samples. Now there are encouraging signs the abuses may be ending. In April a Task Force of the American Association of Medical Colleges issued a report urging tough...
News Story
6/3/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Los Angeles, CA -- Doctors and pharmacists are having trouble cutting off drug abusers because of the state's clunky process for checking a patient's previous prescriptions, says Attorney General Jerry Brown, who wants to make the information instantly available. Brown is to announce Wednesday that his office plans to place the state's...
News Story
5/30/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A bill that would allow pharmacies in California to share patient prescription information with third-party businesses working for drugmakers was approved in the state Senate 21-16 Thursday. Under the legislation, pharmaceutical companies could send mailings directly to patients suffering from illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson's and...
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 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
5/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog has protested strings-attached grants from Big Oil to universities, including clauses that allow corporate control of patents and secret offices on campus. Oil companies took lessons from the agricultural industry's history at land-grant colleges, but the real corporate pioneers of this tactic were drug companies. Here, from the...
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...