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News Release
4/29/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – A suspension of legislative rules in the Assembly allowed a bill introduced five days ago to divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment to pass the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today. The author of AB 2346, Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, refused to...
Video
4/29/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Watch Tina Minasian testify to the California Assembly Business Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today on AB 2346 (Gonzalez-D), which would divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment. Ms. Minasian, of Roseville, CA, was harmed by her physician when a botched surgery left her maimed and in years of pain....
News Release
4/28/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – After UCLA settled a whistleblower case for $10 million in which accusations of conflicts of interest between doctors and the medical device industry were ignored, Californians deserve an independent investigation to ensure that patients are not harmed when UC financial interests conflict with transparency in patient care...
News Release
4/16/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A USA Today report finds that 103,000 medical professionals are abusing prescription drugs every year, yet most of the addicted doctors are never caught and place their patients at risk. California will be the first state in the nation to require random drug testing of doctors if voters approve an initiative measure that...
News Story
4/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As California voters mull a proposed ballot initiative aimed at sniffing out malpractice and abuse, a Bakersfield OB-GYN has lost his license for allegedly writing prescriptions for "illegitimate uses." Dr. Richard Wallrath was already on probation from a 2009 complaint over problems with the way several patients were treated when new...
News Release
4/10/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Santa Monica, CA – Leaders of the California Medical Association, who are fighting a ballot measure to increase public accountability for dangerous doctors, received nearly $5 million from taxpayers in Medicare payments, according to data released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.   A database at the New York Times...
News Story
3/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
(Reuters) - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer endorsed a proposed California ballot initiative on Monday to raise the state's cap on medical malpractice awards, the first salvo in a political fight between lawyers backing the measure and doctors who oppose it. Consumer advocates in the most populous U.S. state submitted signatures last week to place...
News Release
3/31/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA -- United States Senator Barbara Boxer has endorsed the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, a pending California ballot measure to modernize California’s patient safety laws.  The Pack Act promotes justice for patients and legal deterrence to wrongdoing by adjusting the state's malpractice cap to account for 38...
Video
3/30/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Is drug testing of doctors actually needed? An NBC Reality Check segment takes a closer look at a new measure aiming to curb drug and alcohol abuse by those you trust most. California doctors are not subject to random drug testing, however physicians are regularly being reprimanded with disciplinary action for abuse problems and impairment on the...
News Story
3/26/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Driven around Oakland lately, and noticed anything, well, large and troubling? That would be a billboard at 22nd Street, almost at Grand, boldly declaring that 2 in 10 doctors will be alcohol or drug impaired, with a toll-free number to report suspected abusers. Say what? That’s 20 percent. And what does “will be … impaired...