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News Release
10/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA –  Families of victims of prescription drug abuse, physician overprescribing, and medical malpractice called for mandatory drug testing of doctors today outside the California Medical Association’s convention at the Disneyland Hotel. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog group unveiled a mobile billboard truck...
News Story
10/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Drug tests for students and potential employees are becoming the norm.  But what if doctors had to take them too?  Californians might get a chance to vote on that. Just outside the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim a little musical refrain could be heard this afternoon – a 30 second loop of "Pee in a Cup," – blasting...
News Story
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A bill to suspend licenses for physicians accused of overprescribing medication has passed the California Legislature, but supporters aren’t happy. Senate Bill 670, authored by Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would have temporarily restricted doctors who are accused of harming patients by improperly prescribing medicine. But last-...
News Release
8/13/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two major patient safety bills passed a key Assembly committee this morning only after being stripped of key protections after heavy lobbying by the California Medical Association. A Los Angeles Times investigation this week further exposed the overprescribing epidemic in California, reporting that the pharmaceutical...
Video
5/21/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Danville resident Bob Pack is on a mission to make random drug and alcohol testing of doctors mandatory, as pilots, bus drivers and even Wal-Mart employees already have to do. Bob lost his seven and ten year old children to a drug addict who fell asleep at the wheel because doctors and the state’s largest HMO, Kaiser, gave her thousands of...
Blog Post
3/13/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
There aren't too many great days for patient safety in state capitols, where the medical establishment tends to rule the roost through the power of its political giving and tentacles. But Monday was a great day for patient safety in Sacramento, when powerful testimony reminded legislators of the human cost of inaction. The families of victims...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Lawmakers want the medical board to use a state database to identify doctors who prescribe drugs recklessly. SACRAMENTO — After hearing emotional testimony from parents whose children died of drug overdoses, lawmakers in Sacramento called Monday for the Medical Board of California to mine a statewide database of prescriptions to help...
News Story
3/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer groups and families of patients who have died as a result of prescription overdose tried to make their case Monday at the state's Capitol as to why the Medical Board of California should undergo a major overhaul. Several activists testified before two legislative committees on issues they think need to be addressed, including more...
News Story
3/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A former meth user who was convicted on federal criminal charges for drug dealing will be treating California patients again within a year under an agreement recently announced by the California Medical Board. Pilots, lawyers or professional athletes would have lost their jobs for life. California's physician-controlled medical board, however...
News Story
2/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Should California's doctors be drug tested? "Yes," say Consumer Watchdog." The non-profit group is calling for mandatory drug testing for physicians in California. The push comes in response to news reports about doctors who over-prescribe painkillers like Vicodin. A recent series in the LA Times identified a number of doctors...