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Blog Post
6/2/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
JUNE 14, 2016 UPDATE: This morning, the Assembly Business and Professions committee voted 16-0 for SB 482 by Senator Lara, to rein in opioid over-prescribing and curb the overdose epidemic.  Prince’s death, and the loss of thousands of Californians every year, has helped spur lawmakers to stand above politics and stand up for reform....
Blog Post
5/17/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik recently took on the "drug money" against a November ballot measure to require the state to pay the lowest price available for prescription drugs, which is the Veterans Administration prices.    Drug companies have put up $100 million against the effort by the AIDS Healthcare...
News Release
5/3/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two years after Consumer Watchdog called on the California Medical Board to suspend the license of former San Diego Chargers team doctor, David Chao, the Board has charged Chao with negligence in the death of former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau. Consumer Watchdog said the Board should have suspended Dr. Chao’s...
News Release
3/28/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama will give the keynote address at the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit tomorrow where prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) are being highlighted as essential tools to reduce prescription abuse. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check...
News Release
1/13/2016
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rein in opioid overprescribing by primary care physicians will reduce the prescription overdose epidemic and save lives, said Consumer Watchdog in comments submitted to the agency today. One recommendation, that providers prescribing highly-...
News Story
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Health experts say system available in California could curb overdose deaths Public health experts say California and other states should require doctors to check a prescription drug database before giving new patients a prescription for opioids and other controlled substances. The new call to action to reduce prescription drug overdose deaths was...
News Release
11/17/2015
Posted by Eddie B
Santa Monica, CA – California can lead in the fight against prescription drug abuse by joining a growing consensus of public health leaders who are urging mandatory use of prescription drug monitoring programs, Consumer Watchdog said today.   On Monday, a group of experts, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of...
News Story
10/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Walgreen's proposed acquisition of Rite Aid could have a big impact on high drug prices, but how remains to be seen. The $17.2 billion deal announced Tuesday would create the largest pharmacy chain in the U.S. if regulators approve it. Some experts say the combined chain could reduce costs and create more leverage when negotiating with drug...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. on Tuesday agreed to buy Rite Aid Corp. for about $9.4 billion, combining two of the nation's largest drugstore chains as they bulk up to better compete in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Walgreens has about 8,200 stores throughout the United States, including 637 in California. Rite Aid operates about 4...
News Release
7/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Kentucky’s dramatic decline in prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping after a 2012 law required providers to check a state database before prescribing powerful and addictive medications is yet more evidence that Californians need the same protections, Consumer Watchdog said today. Since Kentucky’s...