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News Story
3/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The biggest drug problem in the United States is not the one we think we have: illegal drugs. It is drugs prescribed by doctors. On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder properly focused attention on the sharp rise in heroin deaths, noting that “addiction to heroin and other opiates, including certain prescription pain-killers, is...
News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The American College of Physicians yesterday published a position paper in a medical journal that supports mandatory reporting of all prescription-drug dispensing -- a requirement that was stricken at the last minute from a California bill passed last legislative session. Yesterday's article in the Annals of Internal Medicine said...
News Release
12/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA  -- In a position paper published today to address the “serious public health problem” of prescription drug abuse, the nation’s largest physician medical society argues that doctors should be required to check state prescription drug databases before prescribing controlled substances to patients. Petitions...
News Release
11/7/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Petitions for a 2014 patient safety ballot initiative to curb prescription drug abuse and strengthen physician accountability hit the streets in every major California city this week. Bob Pack launched the petition drive after losing his two children, Troy and Alana, ages 10 and 7, and unborn twins, in an accident caused...
News Story
10/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
DANVILLE -- It was a beautiful, but unusually hot Danville evening on Oct. 26, 2003, when Bob Pack got the call all parents dread. His 10-year-old son Troy and 7-year-old daughter Alana had gone out for Slurpees with their mother Carmen and best friends Hunter and McKenna, when a gold Mercedes jumped the sidewalk. They were run down by the drunk...
News Story
8/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Law360, Los Angeles (August 09, 2013, 3:46 PM ET) -- A California state judge Friday refused to trim a putative class action accusing Anthem Blue Cross of using “bait and switch” strategies to increase annual deductibles and premiums, ruling that the plaintiffs adequately pled that health plans are services recognized by the Consumer...
News Story
7/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Matt Reynolds at Courthouse News Service reports that United Healthcare Insurance subjects thousands of HIV-positive Californians to "potentially life-threatening" delays by making them get their prescription drugs through the mail, a class action claims in Federal Court. John Doe sued United Healthcare Insurance, mail order pharmacy...
News Story
6/20/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
The nation’s largest health insurance carrier is facing a lawsuit alleging its mandatory in-house mail-order prescription service illegally threatens the health and privacy of patients who have HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.   Public advocacy group Consumer Watchdog sued United Healthcare Insurance Co., claiming the company is...
Courtroom Case
6/12/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
  United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, now allows patients with HIV or AIDS to “opt-out” of a requirement that they obtain their medications by mail-order under a national class action settlement announced in May 2014 by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas, LLP.  Due to the complex nature of HIV/...
News Story
6/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. California — A California consumer group is suing the nation's largest health insurer for discrimination against HIV / AIDS patients. The class-action suit alleges United Healthcare is breaking the law by requiring patients to get all of their medications by mail order...