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Blog Post
4/28/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Check a patient’s medical record. It’s a simple fix to a tragic prescription drug epidemic. When you have an annual checkup, your doctor checks your vital signs and draws blood for testing. But before she even does that, what does she do? She checks your medical record. And yet, 90 percent of California doctors who prescribe strong,...
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 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...
News Story
11/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
California voters nixed efforts Tuesday by a consumer group and trial attorneys to lift the cap on pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice lawsuits — but proponents say they will keep on fighting. Proposition 46 was defeated by a margin of 67.1 percent to 32.9 percent. The actual vote count was 3,415,996 "No" votes to 1,...
News Story
10/28/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Blue Shield of California, one of the state's four major health insurers, has a sales office on the 20th floor of the Pacific Corporate Towers in El Segundo. Had the employees peered down to the plaza on a recent Tuesday morning, they would have seen a small cluster of picketers. From 300 feet up, it would be impossible to read the signs, or...
News Release
10/20/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA – Today U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer stood with victims of medical negligence and families who lost their children to preventable medical error and called on California voters to support the patient safety protections in Proposition 46. Consumer Watchdog released the first Yes on 46 Spanish campaign advertisement, featuring...
News Story
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Proposition 46 calls for drug testing doctors and raising the cap on medical malpractice judgments. But another facet of the measure regarding patient privacy is stirring up controversy. One element of Prop 46 would mandate doctors to use a prescription database when prescribing drugs to first-time patients. However, Prop 46...
Video
10/7/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Proposition 46 calls for drug testing doctors and raising the cap on medical malpractice judgments. But another facet of the measure regarding patient privacy is stirring up controversy. Ric Romero has more.
News Release
10/6/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
Listen to the audio recording of this press conference here. SANTA MONICA, CA – Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering drug addict who at one point was taking up to 100 pills a day including Vicodin and oxycodone while working with patients, joined with Proposition 46 proponents and spoke about the dangers to patients of undetected physician...
Video
10/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Dr. Stephen Loyd, a recovering drug addict who at one point was taking up to 100 pills a day including Vicodin and oxycodone while working with patients, joined with Proposition 46 proponents and spoke about the dangers to patients of undetected physician impairment. Dr. Loyd said the latest TV ad opposing Proposition 46 is “criminal”...