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News Release
1/24/2014
CONTACT 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...
Video
1/20/2014
"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 Release
12/18/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – After learning that the hospital where a 13-year-old girl is on life support after routine tonsil-removal surgery has refused to release her medical records to the family, Consumer Watchdog today called on the California Attorney General, Alameda County District Attorney and California Medical Board to take over the...
News Release
11/25/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA --- Consumer Watchdog wrote incoming Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson to take issue with “disconcerting statements made by one of your employees, Dr. Paul Phinney, the immediate past President of the California Medical Association, who has maintained that medical negligence and substance abuse among physicians are not significant...
News Release
11/7/2013
CONTACT Bob Pack & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Petitions for a 2014 patient safety ballot initiative to curb prescription drug abuse and strengthen physician accountability hit the streets in every major California city this week. Bob Pack launched the petition drive after losing his two children, Troy and Alana, ages 10 and 7, and unborn twins, in an accident caused...
Blog Post
10/28/2013
Bob Pack
Yesterday, at the 10th memorial of my children’s death, we started a march to the ballot for patient safety.  I hope you will join us. My seven year old, Alana, and ten year old, Troy,  died because an addict got thousands of pills she never should have been prescribed since she had no physical symptoms. She fell asleep at the...
Video
10/28/2013
Almost 10 years to the day after their 10-year-old son, Troy, and 7-year-old daughter, Alana, were killed by an intoxicated driver, Danville residents Bob and Carmen Pack led a gathering of friends, family, and well-wishers to honor the memory of their children and to advocate for legislative changes that they hope will prevent similar tragedies.
Video
10/28/2013
A Danville couple whose two children were struck and killed by a drunk driver a decade ago will honor their memory in Danville this weekend. The memorial for Troy Pack and his younger sister Alana was held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sycamore Valley Elementary School. The event comes 10 years after the Oct. 26, 2003 deaths of Troy, 10, and Alana,...
News Release
10/14/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The third video in the “Pee In A Cup The Musical” series greeted doctors arriving at the Disneyland Anaheim Marriott on Saturday. Security guards were deployed after its first drive past the entrance to the evening Awards Gala at the California Medical Association’s annual meeting. The mobile video truck circled...
News Release
10/11/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The second in a series of musical videos that make the case for mandatory drug testing of doctors was unveiled today on a mobile billboard truck circling the California Medical Association's annual convention at Disneyland. Families who lost loved ones to negligent doctors and reckless prescribing of narcotics joined Consumer...