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The Troy & Alana Pack Patient Safety Act

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5/18/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
More than 840,000 voter signatures turned in by consumer advocates and families victimized by medical negligence have qualified a landmark patient safety ballot measure for the November 2014 California ballot, according to the Secretary of State's office. Voters will have a chance then to enact the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act and...
News Story
5/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
If anyone should know how to steer clear of cures that are worse than the disease, it's doctors. That's why it seems so odd — on the surface — that the California Medical Assn. would sponsor a bill to re-create a drug- and alcohol-treatment program for physicians that has failed miserably in the past. It's when you look...
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4/30/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
San Diego's Assembly Member Lorena Gonzales has introduced legislation to allow substance abusing doctors to keep their rehabilitation secret from patients and medical board regulators. Patients and patient advocates testified that the legislation is a threat to patient safety. 
News Release
4/30/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – The California medical insurance industry has committed $110 million to three November 2014 ballot initiative campaigns, half of the amount it gave to ballot initiatives during the entire previous decade and over one-third of the industry’s total political giving on California campaigns. The initiative contributions...
News Release
4/16/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – A USA Today report finds that 103,000 medical professionals are abusing prescription drugs every year, yet most of the addicted doctors are never caught and place their patients at risk. California will be the first state in the nation to require random drug testing of doctors if voters approve an initiative measure that...
News Story
4/12/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As California voters mull a proposed ballot initiative aimed at sniffing out malpractice and abuse, a Bakersfield OB-GYN has lost his license for allegedly writing prescriptions for "illegitimate uses." Dr. Richard Wallrath was already on probation from a 2009 complaint over problems with the way several patients were treated when new...
News Release
4/4/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – In another case of medical negligence almost too gruesome to believe, a hospital accused of letting a patient freeze to death in the morgue will never be held fully accountable because of a 38-year-old cap on malpractice damages in California. The cap that limits accountability for negligence in cases involving the death...
News Release
4/1/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – The proponent of a ballot measure that would require doctors to undergo random drug testing called on the California Medical Board today to disclose the names of the 2,000 California physicians it has acknowledged have an active drug or alcohol addiction problem.   The Medical Board acknowledged that 1-2% of...
News Story
3/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
What do you get when you pit doctors against trial lawyers in a high-stakes political death match in the most expensive state in America? A race that’s likely to be the most expensive contest of the year. The two big-spending special interests are set on a collision course after a group backed in part by California trial lawyers filed more...
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...