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News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog Billboard OAKLAND, Calif. — A Bay Area woman says she went to plastic surgeon Brian R. West for a tummy tuck but left disfigured and in pain.  Later 48-year-old Tina Minasian learned Dr. West was drunk. "I was angry at first but I was more angry, and outraged when it turns out I wasn't the only victim,...
Video
1/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
"The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to identify doctors who abuse substances. This hotline will give the public a place to report concerns about impaired doctors to protect patients and save lives," said Carmen Balber,...
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10/28/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Almost 10 years to the day after their 10-year-old son, Troy, and 7-year-old daughter, Alana, were killed by an intoxicated driver, Danville residents Bob and Carmen Pack led a gathering of friends, family, and well-wishers to honor the memory of their children and to advocate for legislative changes that they hope will prevent similar tragedies.
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10/28/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A Danville couple whose two children were struck and killed by a drunk driver a decade ago will honor their memory in Danville this weekend. The memorial for Troy Pack and his younger sister Alana was held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sycamore Valley Elementary School. The event comes 10 years after the Oct. 26, 2003 deaths of Troy, 10, and Alana,...
News Story
10/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
DANVILLE -- Almost 10 years to the day after their 10-year-old son, Troy, and 7-year-old daughter, Alana, were killed by an intoxicated driver, Danville residents Bob and Carmen Pack led a gathering of friends, family, and well-wishers to honor the memory of their children and to advocate for legislative changes that they hope will prevent similar...
News Story
10/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The following Op-Ed Commentary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Mon., Oct. 29th, 2013. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in America, and the majority of those preventable deaths are due to prescription drugs. One of the biggest obstacles to prevention is the California Medical Association, whose physicians...
News Release
10/14/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The third video in the “Pee In A Cup The Musical” series greeted doctors arriving at the Disneyland Anaheim Marriott on Saturday. Security guards were deployed after its first drive past the entrance to the evening Awards Gala at the California Medical Association’s annual meeting. The mobile video truck circled...
News Story
10/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Activists advocating statewide mandatory drug and alcohol testing for doctors took their case this weekend to the streets of Anaheim, just outside the Disneyland Hotel as doctors and their advocates met inside for the annual convention of the California Medical Association, which represents 35,000 doctors statewide. “I don’t see...
News Release
10/11/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The second in a series of musical videos that make the case for mandatory drug testing of doctors was unveiled today on a mobile billboard truck circling the California Medical Association's annual convention at Disneyland. Families who lost loved ones to negligent doctors and reckless prescribing of narcotics joined Consumer...
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10/10/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
KABC Coverage of a Consumer Watchdog press conference regarding patient safety. The CA Medical Board estimates 18% of doctors abuse drugs or alcohol. It's time to change this. A proposed patient safety ballot measure requires mandatory drug testing of physicians in California. Learn more at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/pee