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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 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 Release
5/7/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Medical Board unanimous vote to support a bill requiring doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose...
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
4/28/2015
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
4/27/2015
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Legislature committee for passing a bill that requires prescribers to check a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482,...
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
1/15/2015
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...