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News Release
4/29/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Board should be disbanded and patient safety laws reformed to prevent any more deaths caused by dangerous doctors who harm patients but continue practicing without repercussions, said Consumer Watchdog today. A Senate committee will vote this afternoon on a bill proposed by Senator Curren Price and...
Blog Post
3/13/2013
By Jamie Court
There aren't too many great days for patient safety in state capitols, where the medical establishment tends to rule the roost through the power of its political giving and tentacles. But Monday was a great day for patient safety in Sacramento, when powerful testimony reminded legislators of the human cost of inaction. The families of victims...
Video
3/11/2013
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and families of overdose victims are voicing concerns about prescription drug abuse in California. They don't believe the medical board is getting the job done and some say it's time to replace the board now.
News Release
3/11/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on the legislature to pull the plug on the Medical Board of California at hearings to renew it in Sacramento today because the board has failed in its duty to protect patients from drug dealing, over-prescribing and other dangerous doctors. The group also called for mandatory random drug testing of...
Blog Post
3/10/2013
By Daniel Palay
Is patient safety really a laughing matter? California Medical Board member Dr. Silvia Diego (see video below) seems to think so.  Dr. Diego literally laughs during the October medical board meeting at the notion of doctors paying a modest increase in physician license fees to fund better policing of overprescribing physicians. If you think...
Video
3/10/2013
Consumer Watchdog's Jamie Court, families of lost loved ones and the public are calling for a new medical oversight board - composed predominantly of the public, rather than physicians - in order to crack down on patients who doctor-shop, as well as doctors who over-prescribe.
Video
3/9/2013
Lawmakers, consumer advocates and affected families come together to call for changes in how doctors are disciplined for over-prescribing dangerous drugs. During a rally at the Capitol, speakers called for changes in how the state medical board handles complaints about doctors.
Blog Post
2/8/2013
By Jamie Court
It’s outrageous.  A methamphetamine user convicted of a federal felony for drug dealing just won the right to treat patients again in one year. Pilots would be grounded for life. Lawyers would lose their license forever.  Doctors that use and deal drugs, like Nathan Kuemmerle, face little discipline or deterrence.  That has...
News Release
2/6/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Leading consumer advocates today called upon the legislature to hold hearings and investigate strong new laws in response to recent Los Angeles Times reports on widespread drug overdoses due to physician overprescribing and the recent case of a convicted methamphetamine-using drug-dealing doctor who will be treating...
Feature
8/20/2012
By Sarah Glover
Adam Glover - Los Gatos, CA   Our son Adam was 12 in 2008 when he went on a glorious camping and hiking trip in Yosemite with his Dad. The pair of them hiked, climbed and biked together. But seven days into the vacation, Adam died, the victim of preventable errors and inattention after an emergency appendectomy at a Modesto hospital. Yet...