KABC Coverage of a Consumer Watchdog press conference regarding patient safety. The CA Medical Board estimates 18% of doctors abuse drugs or alcohol. It's time to change this. A proposed patient safety ballot measure requires mandatory drug testing of physicians in California. Learn more at: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/pee
Victims Of Prescription Drug Abuse Unveil "Pee In A Cup" Video On Mobile Billboard At Doctors’ Disneyland Convention To Make Case For Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Of Physicians
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA – Families of victims of prescription drug abuse, physician overprescribing, and medical malpractice called for mandatory drug testing of doctors today outside the California Medical Association’s convention at the Disneyland Hotel. The nonprofit, nonpartisan Consumer Watchdog group unveiled a mobile billboard truck...
By Jamie Court
Pilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet. Substance abuse among doctor runs twice as high among doctors as the general population -- 18% of physicians according to the California Medical Board. It's...
Consumer Watchdog Outs Physicians Funding Opposition to ‘Pee In A Cup’ Initiative: Publishes List of Doctor Contributors To Opponents of Mandatory Physician Drug Testing
CONTACT Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group Consumer Watchdog is telling Californians about the list of physicians who have funded the opposition to a mandatory drug testing initiative for doctors. “Substance abuse among California physicians is higher than the general population, yet unlike bus drivers and...
Physicians’ Lobby Kills Bill To Suspend Privileges of Doctors Whose Prescribing Led To Overdose Deaths
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Bob Pack
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Association blocked another bill aimed at improving patient safety yesterday, prompting consumer advocates and families harmed by dangerous doctors to consider amending a pending patient safety ballot measure to include those reforms the legislature fails to enact this year. SB 670 (Steinberg) would...
For 2-year-old Steven Olsen, a hike in the woods and a fall on a stick would change his life forever. "They (the doctors) thought, 'Oh, he has meningitis,'" said Steven's mother, Kathy Olsen. However, that was not the case. Steven was suffering from an infection from the fall. It spread from his hand to his brain...
By Consumer Watchdog
Patients Beware Dr. Paul Phinney: Opposes mandaory drug testing for physicians. Opposes mandatory use of the CURES prescription drug database before narcotics are prescribed Opposes mandatory disclosure of medical negligence by physicians Opposes adjusting for inflation the 38 year-old cap on compensation for victims injured by...
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- USA Today analyzed a decade of physician discipline records and found endemic problems at the nation's medical boards that have failed to take action against thousands of dangerous doctors despite "findings of serious misconduct that puts patients at risk." California was singled out as one of the problem states....
From The Center for Justice & Democracy: New Consumer Study Debunks Myths About California's Medical Malpractice "Cap" and Access to Patient Care
CONTACT Joanne Doroshow
New York, NY - The Center for Justice & Democracy released a new study today examining years of research showing no correlation whatsoever between where physicians decide to practice and a state’s medical malpractice law. The report, Exposing Medical Myths: “Caps” And Physician Supply, can be found here along with an...
Father Who Filed Ballot Measure To Redeem Children’s Death Challenges Doctor Who Heads Medical Association To Debate and Stop Demeaning His Children’s Memory
CONTACT Bob Pack, Jamie Court and Carmen Balber
Danville, CA – Bob Pack today wrote Dr. Paul Phinney, head of the California Medical Association, with hard words over Phinney’s refusal to acknowledge his family’s suffering and that of other medical negligence victims in his public response to Pack’s ballot measure, “The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act....