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News Release
10/29/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
MURRIETA, CA: In July 2013, Dr. Vreeke was on duty, working as an anesthesiologist. Unfortunately, she was also impaired on a drug she had stolen from work that she had administered to herself intravenously. She was discovered and sent home. However, the next day she came back to work and stole three vials of drugs before returning home. The...
News Release
10/29/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
San Diego, CA - Today the Civility Project, an organization that evaluates political advertisements, awarded the Yes on 46 campaign an A- for its ad featuring Sen. Barbara Boxer while it gave the No campaign a "C" for its ad paid for by insurance companies that have spent $44 million to oppose the measure. The “No” ad,...
News Release
10/28/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- After suspicious behavior and inconsistencies were revealed in a routine audit of controlled substances, Dr. Trindle was asked to submit to a drug test. He tested positive for Fentanyl. At the time, Dr. Trindle was participating in a now-defunct diversion program for substance abusing physicians. Doctors were allowed to...
News Release
10/27/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
CENTRAL VALLEY, CA: In 2008, Dr. Hoffmann was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. She was pulled over and a test showed her blood alcohol level was at .10%, over the legal limit of .08%. After a criminal trial, Dr. Hoffmann was convicted of a DUI and sentenced to two days in jail and was required to abstain from alcohol. However, when she...
News Release
10/24/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SANTA ROSA, CA: In 2008, two of Dr. Gurney's employees reported that he was ordering large quantities of multiple controlled substances, on a regular basis, that were not used for patient care. They also reported that Dr. Gurney was practicing "all the time" while under the influence. The Medical Board reported that one of his...
News Release
10/23/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SAN DIEGO, CA: An admitted alcoholic, Dr. Greer has had a long history of alcohol abuse, having started drinking when he was about 15 years old and continuing through medical school. He has been convicted of DUIs three separate times. As a result of his alcoholism, Dr. Greer entered the Medical Board's now-defunct diversion program, which kept...
News Release
10/22/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA: In 2007, Dr. Goldenberg was first found to be high while on duty. A nurse heard him slurring his words and saying inappropriate things. Dr. Goldenberg admitted that he had been abusing codeine cough syrup and sleeping pills while on call. Even so, he was allowed to continue to practice until September 2008, when he was again...
News Release
10/21/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
SACRAMENTO, CA: Based on complaints that Dr. Candelaria was providing anesthesia in her husband's office without the requisite training, the Medical Board opened an investigation. The investigation uncovered an instance in which allegedly “Dr. Candelaria was administering anesthesia (believed to be Demerol) intravenously to a patient in...
News Release
10/20/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
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 Release
10/17/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A victim of medical negligence at the hands of an Orange County doctor with a history of alcohol abuse, a physician and consumer advocates unveiled a new television ad for Yes on Prop 46 today, highlighting how Prop 46 will identify and deter physician substance abuse with random drug and alcohol testing. The ad pictures a...