Consumer Watchdog Campaign: Not An April Fools' Joke: Groups Call On Medical Board to Disclose Names of 2,000 California Doctors With A Current Substance Abuse Problem
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Bob Pack
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...
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Bob Pack
Los Angeles, CA -- United States Senator Barbara Boxer has endorsed the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, a pending California ballot measure to modernize California’s patient safety laws. The Pack Act promotes justice for patients and legal deterrence to wrongdoing by adjusting the state's malpractice cap to account for 38...
Is drug testing of doctors actually needed? An NBC Reality Check segment takes a closer look at a new measure aiming to curb drug and alcohol abuse by those you trust most. California doctors are not subject to random drug testing, however physicians are regularly being reprimanded with disciplinary action for abuse problems and impairment on the...
By Carmen Balber
Tina Minasian - Sacramento, CA California for years allowed doctors who were arrested for drug and alcohol infractions, including DUI, to conceal these arrests from patients. Such doctors, even if convicted, entered a “diversion” program that allowed them to keep practicing even if they violated the terms of the five-year program, and...
By Judy Dugan
Quin Murphy - Chula Vista, CA Quin Murphy at 16 was a soccer fanatic, with a family who supported him, coached him, even went on trips with him to watch favorite teams. In 2010, all of that ended. Quin and his family fell into a four-month tragedy of medical bumbling that caused Quin intractable pain and ultimately killed him. Dozens of emergency...
Supporters of the bill also spoke at the conference to announce 830,000 signatures, including one man whose father entered a vegetative state after an alleged alcoholic cardiologist walked out mid-surgery to go to lunch. "Nearly one in five doctors, 18 percent of doctors, have a substance abuse problem during their careers," said Jamie...
Several relatives of those who died as a result of medical malpractice tearfully recalled their experience at press conference Monday while holding photographs of their lost loved ones. Supporters of the bill also spoke at the conference to announce 830,000 signatures, including one man whose father entered a vegetative state after an alleged...
Consumer Watchdog Campaign: 840,000 Signatures To Be Filed Statewide Today To Qualify CA Patient Safety Ballot Measure Targeting Doctor Drug Testing, Overprescribing And Medical Negligence
CONTACT Jamie Court, Bob Pack & Carmen Balber
Norwalk, CA -- Bob and Carmen Pack, whose young children died as a result of physician overprescribing will turn in 840,000 signatures by 3 pm today to qualify a landmark patient safety act for the November ballot. Seven year old Alana and ten year old Troy were killed on a roadside by a doctor-shopping drug addict who ran them over after...
Bob and Carmen Pack, whose 10-year-old son Troy and 7-year-old daughter Alana died in 2003, appeared at a news conference outside the L.A. County Registrar's Office in Norwalk, turning in 830,000 signatures to place the initiative named for their children on the November ballot. Co-authored by Bob Pack, the Troy and Alana Patient Safety Act...
Supporters on Monday are expected to submit more than 800,000 signatures to put the medical reform measure, which would also require doctors to submit to drug tests and make it harder for prescription drug abusers to get their pills, on the November ballot. Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court told KCAL9's Dave Bryan that doctors just don'...