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Blog Post
4/12/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Last month, at an emotional hearing in Sacramento and on the op-ed page of the San Francisco Chronicle, we called for the state agency that oversees doctors to become a stronger regulator or to go out of business.  The Legislature has to renew the doctor-run medical board every ten years, and that’s this year. Sacramento...
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
At a Joint Oversight Hearing of the state Legislature on Monday, lawmakers said that the Medical Board of California should mine data from a statewide prescription drug database to identify physicians who overprescribe medications, the Los Angeles Times reports (Girion/Glover, Los Angeles Times, 3/11). About the Database The Controlled...
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...
Video
3/11/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and families of overdose victims are voicing concerns about prescription drug abuse in California. They don't believe the medical board is getting the job done and some say it's time to replace the board now.
News Release
3/11/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on the legislature to pull the plug on the Medical Board of California at hearings to renew it in Sacramento today because the board has failed in its duty to protect patients from drug dealing, over-prescribing and other dangerous doctors. The group also called for mandatory random drug testing of...
News Story
3/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Dozens of bereaved parents whose children died from pain-medication overdoses told state legislators Monday that the California Medical Board is failing to protect the public from so-called "dirty doctors" who overprescribe addictive drugs, especially to young adults. Their reports of a growing epidemic in California mirror national...
News Story
3/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
State lawmakers took a close look at the Medical Board of California Monday—and whether it’s doing enough to police doctors who freely prescribe painkillers A recent L.A. Times investigation found that the Medical Board took so long to investigate doctors suspected of prescription abuse that 30 of their patients died while the...
News Story
3/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A bureaucratic hearing in Sacramento took an emotional Monday morning, as parent after parent told state legislators how their children died from overdosing on prescription drugs. The parents who testified during the Medical Board of California’s “sunset review” hearing all said the agency should do more to crack down on doctors...