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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
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...
Blog Post
2/8/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
It’s outrageous.  A methamphetamine user convicted of a federal felony for drug dealing just won the right to treat patients again in one year. Pilots would be grounded for life. Lawyers would lose their license forever.  Doctors that use and deal drugs, like Nathan Kuemmerle, face little discipline or deterrence.  That has...
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...
News Release
2/6/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – Leading consumer advocates today called upon the legislature to hold hearings and investigate strong new laws in response to recent Los Angeles Times reports on widespread drug overdoses due to physician overprescribing and the recent case of a convicted methamphetamine-using drug-dealing doctor who will be treating...