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News Story
9/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A years-long battle between doctors and trial lawyers is coming down to Proposition 46 on the November ballot, leaving voters to sift through a mass of conflicting claims in an effort to pick the winner in what will be the most expensive race of the fall. That's not the way the two sides describe it, though. For supporters of the measure...
News Release
7/24/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A record high 46 doctors were disciplined for substance abuse last year according to a report prepared for a meeting of the California Medical Board today. Yet that record-breaking number represents just a fraction of the number of doctors likely to be abusing substances in California at any given time, said advocates with...
News Release
7/17/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – The U.S. Senate committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions holds a hearing today to investigate failures in patient safety and the estimated 440,000 deaths that occur in hospitals every year due to preventable medical errors. A landmark California initiative on the November 2014 ballot addresses the patient safety...
News Release
7/16/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new investigative report by KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, reported on the California Medical Board’s failure to police negligent doctors, like former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao. KGTV previously reported that Dr. Chao, a known substance-abuser, could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of...
News Story
3/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The biggest drug problem in the United States is not the one we think we have: illegal drugs. It is drugs prescribed by doctors. On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder properly focused attention on the sharp rise in heroin deaths, noting that “addiction to heroin and other opiates, including certain prescription pain-killers, is...
Video
1/24/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline, 1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors. "The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to...
News Release
1/24/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Oakland, CA – Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline,    1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors.  A woman harmed by her physician, who found out only later that the doctor had an alcohol abuse problem, called for...
News Story
1/23/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog Billboard OAKLAND, Calif. — A Bay Area woman says she went to plastic surgeon Brian R. West for a tummy tuck but left disfigured and in pain.  Later 48-year-old Tina Minasian learned Dr. West was drunk. "I was angry at first but I was more angry, and outraged when it turns out I wasn't the only victim,...
Video
1/20/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
"The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to identify doctors who abuse substances. This hotline will give the public a place to report concerns about impaired doctors to protect patients and save lives," said Carmen Balber,...
News Story
12/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The American College of Physicians yesterday published a position paper in a medical journal that supports mandatory reporting of all prescription-drug dispensing -- a requirement that was stricken at the last minute from a California bill passed last legislative session. Yesterday's article in the Annals of Internal Medicine said...