Wall Street Analysts Defy Pharmaceutical Industry Scare Tactics, Tell Investors Bernie-backed Prop 61 Will “Dent” Profits but the Sky is Not Falling
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- In the final days of the election campaign, and as the pharmaceutical industry expands its spending against Prop 61 to a record $126 million, Wall Street analysts’ private research on Proposition 61 finds that drug companies will take modest profit hits if it passes but that the industry will remain relatively unscathed....
Study Shows Requiring Prescription Drug Database Use Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications Critical In Ending Growing Epidemic
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Kentucky’s dramatic decline in prescription drug abuse and doctor shopping after a 2012 law required providers to check a state database before prescribing powerful and addictive medications is yet more evidence that Californians need the same protections, Consumer Watchdog said today. Since Kentucky’s...
Consumer Watchdog Praises Committee Passage of Bill that Requires Physicians Check Prescription Drug Database Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Legislature committee for passing a bill that requires prescribers to check a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482,...
Consumer Watchdog Calls for Release of Documents on Psychotropic Medication Prescribing in Foster Care, Ban on Big Pharma Payments to Doctors
CONTACT Michael Kapp & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: Saying the public has a right to know, Consumer Watchdog called upon Senators Mike McGuire and Jim Beall to subpoena Department of Health Care Services data on prescribing patterns of psychotropic medication by doctors to foster youth. Senator McGuire and Senator Beall are holding a joint legislative hearing today on the misuse...
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA -- Aetna is attempting to circumvent the central reform of the Affordable Care Act—the so called “guaranteed issue” provision, which ensures all patients are guaranteed access to health insurance regardless of their health condition—by discouraging patients with HIV/AIDS from enrolling in or remaining...
CA Medical Board Must Investigate Drug Company Payments to Doctors Prescribing Psychiatric Drugs To Foster Children
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Following a report that prescription drug manufacturers have paid or spent more than $14 million to doctors who prescribe drugs to children in California’s foster care system, Consumer Watchdog called on the California Medical Board to expand an investigation into doctors who prescribed dangerous and unapproved psychotropic...
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog, and Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas LLP
Santa Monica, CA - United Healthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer, will allow patients with HIV or AIDS to “opt-out” of a requirement that they obtain their medications by mail-order under a national class action settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas, LLP. Due to the complex nature of...
KGTV ABC-10 San Diego, CA - Blue Cross Settles Class Action Suit Involving HIV/AIDS Patients' Medication
Consumer Watchdog is claiming victory in settlement with Blue Cross regarding delivery of medication for HIV/AIDS patients.
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog & Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas, LLC
Santa Monica, CA – Anthem Blue Cross patients with HIV/AIDS may “opt-out” of a program that would have required them to obtain their medications by mail order under a settlement announced today by Consumer Watchdog and Whatley Kallas LLC. The lawsuit, filed in January in San Diego Superior Court, alleged that Blue Cross...