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News Release
7/16/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new investigative report by KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, reported on the California Medical Board’s failure to police negligent doctors, like former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao. KGTV previously reported that Dr. Chao, a known substance-abuser, could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Each year, 440,000 Americans die from medical negligence. It’s the third leading cause of preventable death, behind only heart disease and cancer. A big cause of these preventable deaths is doctors recklessly prescribing opioid narcotics. Two weeks ago, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus took on this problem by suing five of the...
Video
4/4/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A lawsuit brought by the family of Maria de Jesus Arroyo alleges that the 80-year-old grandmother woke in the morgue after being declared dead at White Memorial Medical Center. She struggled to escape before finally freezing to death, according to a pathologist who reviewed the case. In cases of negligence not involving wage loss or ongoing...
Feature
4/2/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Mara Douglas - Bonita, CA Mara Douglas was a devout Catholic, admired in her community for her selflessness and generosity of spirit. After raising three children, she was doting on her two grandchildren. Then her world collapsed. She fell into a medical nightmare and died of pancreatic cancer on January 26, just four months after her diagnosis....
News Story
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
What do you get when you pit doctors against trial lawyers in a high-stakes political death match in the most expensive state in America? A race that’s likely to be the most expensive contest of the year. The two big-spending special interests are set on a collision course after a group backed in part by California trial lawyers filed more...
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...
Video
1/24/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline, 1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors. "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...
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
11/25/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog wrote incoming Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson to take issue with “disconcerting statements made by one of your employees, Dr. Paul Phinney, the immediate past President of the California Medical Association, who has maintained that medical negligence and substance abuse among physicians are not significant...