Home › Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription Drug Abuse

News Release
10/10/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA –  Families of victims of prescription drug abuse, physician overprescribing, and medical malpractice called for mandatory drug testing of doctors today outside the California Medical Association’s convention at the Disneyland Hotel. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog group unveiled a mobile billboard truck...
News Story
10/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Drug tests for students and potential employees are becoming the norm.  But what if doctors had to take them too?  Californians might get a chance to vote on that. Just outside the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim a little musical refrain could be heard this afternoon – a 30 second loop of "Pee in a Cup," – blasting...
Blog Post
9/27/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
Governor Jerry Brown waited until late Friday to veto legislation requiring coroners to report to the medical board whenever narcotics cause deaths.  The medical establishment has opposed the bill, which is aimed at weeding out the small number of dangerous and drug dealing doctors who are responsible for the vast majority of prescription...
News Story
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A bill to suspend licenses for physicians accused of overprescribing medication has passed the California Legislature, but supporters aren’t happy. Senate Bill 670, authored by Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would have temporarily restricted doctors who are accused of harming patients by improperly prescribing medicine. But last-...
News Release
8/22/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- USA Today analyzed a decade of physician discipline records and found endemic problems at the nation's medical boards that have failed to take action against thousands of dangerous doctors despite "findings of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk." California was singled out as one of the problem states....
News Release
8/13/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two major patient safety bills passed a key Assembly committee this morning only after being stripped of key protections after heavy lobbying by the California Medical Association. A Los Angeles Times investigation this week further exposed the overprescribing epidemic in California, reporting that the pharmaceutical...
Blog Post
7/11/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
The war over patient safety is heating up in Sacramento. Yesterday, Pulitizer Prize winning Los Angeles Times columnist Mike Hiltzik wrote a cut-to-the-heart-of-it column shredding the phony arguments of those resisting the patient safety reforms Bob Pack and Consumer Watchdog have been fighting for all year. Hiltzik said, "It's a very...
News Release
6/25/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA – Ten doctors that the California Medical Board failed to take off the streets before repeated acts of negligence and patient endangerment harmed or killed their patients make the case for reforming California's patient safety laws, said Consumer Watchdog today. Consumer Watchdog released a "Top Ten Dangerous...