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News Story
5/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Voters soundly rejected Proposition 46 – which would’ve raised California’s 40-year-old cap on certain medical malpractice damage awards – in November, but a lesser-known part of that measure moved forward Thursday in the Legislature. The state Senate voted 28-11 to approve SB 482 by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens,...
News Release
5/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Today, the California State Senate approved legislation to require doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, will require prescribers to...
News Story
5/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Supporters say checking database could cut painkiller deaths The California State Senate approved legislation Thursday that would require doctors to check the state’s narcotics database before they prescribe controlled substances for new patients. Senate Bill 482, authored by State Senator Ricardo Lara, of Bell Gardens, would also require...
News Story
5/28/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California doctors would be required to check a statewide database before prescribing narcotics under a bill moving through the state Legislature. Currently it is voluntary to check the state's Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, known as CURES. The database lets doctors make sure patients are...
News Story
5/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Almost four dozen Americans die every day from prescription pain-killer overdoses. These deaths coincide with a sharp increase in the number of prescriptions written for narcotic pain-killers such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Norco. “Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a...
News Release
2/24/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Saying the public has a right to know, Consumer Watchdog called upon Senators Mike McGuire and Jim Beall to subpoena Department of Health Care Services data on prescribing patterns of psychotropic medication by doctors to foster youth. Senator McGuire and Senator Beall are holding a joint legislative hearing today on the misuse...
News Release
1/30/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Consumer Watchdog today called upon California State Senator Richard Pan to introduce legislation addressing the ongoing problem of drug- and alcohol-abusing physicians in California emergency rooms. Pan has announced legislation that would regulate how hospitals treat intoxicated patients. “If you truly want to protect...
News Release
1/15/2015
Posted by MIchael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Bob Pack, who helped develop CURES, California’s prescription drug database, today called upon the California Medical Board to support mandatory checking of the database after a substance-abusing Los Angeles doctor was arrested last week on charges of narcotics trafficking. If pharmacists were required to check the database...
News Release
11/24/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Following a report that prescription drug manufacturers have paid or spent more than $14 million to doctors who prescribe drugs to children in California’s foster care system, Consumer Watchdog called on the California Medical Board to expand an investigation into doctors who prescribed dangerous and unapproved psychotropic...
News Story
11/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The election day drubbing of Proposition 46, an initiative that would have increased limits on certain medical malpractice damages, marks a stinging defeat for the state's trial attorneys, who championed the measure. The defeat caps years of declining influence for one of the Democratic Party's most stalwart allies. Even in deep blue...