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News Release
2/3/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – President Obama proposed another $1.2 billion in federal funding to raise the ante in the fight against opioid abuse, including funds to expand the use of state prescription drug databases. A California bill would implement this prevention strategy by requiring physicians to check California’s prescription drug...
News Release
1/13/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rein in opioid overprescribing by primary care physicians will reduce the prescription overdose epidemic and save lives, said Consumer Watchdog in comments submitted to the agency today. One recommendation, that providers prescribing highly-...
News Release
11/17/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – California can lead in the fight against prescription drug abuse by joining a growing consensus of public health leaders who are urging mandatory use of prescription drug monitoring programs, Consumer Watchdog said today.   On Monday, a group of experts, led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of...
News Release
10/22/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Lawmakers should overhaul the state Medical Board to create an all-public member board, wrote Consumer Watchdog in a letter to lawmakers today, and ensure physician oversight is conducted to protect the public interest, not doctors. The letter urged Senator Hill and Assembly Member Bonilla, chairs of the Senate and...
Feature
9/30/2015
By Mark Reback
Due to a health care change by her employer, Anh Kim Goodson was forced into the Kaiser Permanente system on 12-1-11 and continued for 2-1/2 years until she was eligible for Medicare at age 65 at which time she switched to a non-Kaiser Medicare doctor. On her first visit to a Kaiser doctor, there was no physical exam done, no X-rays done during...
Blog Post
8/11/2015
By Carmen Balber
A Sonora family doctor arrested in July for overprescribing controlled substances is now accused of working “so high on narcotics” that she would nod off during appointments and pass out in the office, according to the Union Democrat. A Newport Beach doctor had his license suspended in July after being caught stealing narcotics from...
News Release
6/3/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog applauded passage by the California Senate today of four bills that will help curtail overprescribing of psychotropic medication to foster youth, but said additional steps are needed to ensure these most vulnerable patients are protected from harm. The four bills will provide better monitoring, treatment...
News Release
5/28/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Today, the California State Senate approved legislation to require doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, will require prescribers to...
News Release
5/7/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Medical Board unanimous vote to support a bill requiring doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose...
News Release
4/29/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that the abysmal patient safety record of California hospitals exposed in a national report card highlights the lack of legal deterrence and safeguards to protect consumers. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality, gave nearly 40 percent of California...