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News Story
8/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A yearlong study released last month suggests Kentucky's new law requiring physicians and pharmacists to register with and use the state's new electronic prescription drug monitoring system is working. Two weeks ago, New Jersey became the 10th state to establish a "meaningful mandate" requiring physicians to check a database...
News Release
7/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Kentucky’s dramatic decline in prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping after a 2012 law required providers to check a state database before prescribing powerful and addictive medications is yet more evidence that Californians need the same protections, Consumer Watchdog said today. Since Kentucky’s...
News Release
6/18/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A California bill will implement the recommendation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s injury prevention report card that states require doctors to use state prescription drug databases as one of ten key factors to prevent injury deaths. “Drug overdoses are the leading cause of injury death in America, but...
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
5/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
When California lawmakers created the CURES database to fight prescription drug abuse, they left out an important piece. Although pharmacists were required to list in the database any customers who received potentially dangerous and addictive drugs, doctors weren't required to check those records before prescribing more pills. State Sen....
News Story
5/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
It's time for California doctors to get on board with the statewide effort to curb prescription drug abuse. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has called the problem an epidemic. Per-capita use of highly addictive prescription opiates in the United States increased five-fold from 1997 to 2007. Medicare-covered opiate prescriptions...
Blog Post
4/29/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doctors are more confident in prescribing pain medication after reviewing a patient’s medical history. We’ve received a few messages from patients worried that a proposal to have doctors check a patient’s medical history before prescribing powerful pain medications could prevent or delay them from getting their medicine. In fact...