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News Release
6/16/2014
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
Santa Monica, CA - Responding to mounting patient complaints, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“BCBS”) has announced it will soon end its discriminatory HIV drug-pricing practices and has taken HIV/AIDS drugs off its mandatory mail-order drug list, which threatened patient health, safety, and privacy. Read the letter from BCBS...
News Release
3/20/2014
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...
News Release
12/10/2013
CONTACT Bob Pack & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA  -- In a position paper published today to address the “serious public health problem” of prescription drug abuse, the nation’s largest physician medical society argues that doctors should be required to check state prescription drug databases before prescribing controlled substances to patients. Petitions...
News Release
11/7/2013
CONTACT Bob Pack & Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Petitions for a 2014 patient safety ballot initiative to curb prescription drug abuse and strengthen physician accountability hit the streets in every major California city this week. Bob Pack launched the petition drive after losing his two children, Troy and Alana, ages 10 and 7, and unborn twins, in an accident caused...
Video
5/28/2013
Consumer Watchdog is claiming victory in settlement with Blue Cross regarding delivery of medication for HIV/AIDS patients.
News Release
5/23/2013
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...
Video
5/21/2013
Danville resident Bob Pack is on a mission to make random drug and alcohol testing of doctors mandatory, as pilots, bus drivers and even Wal-Mart employees already have to do. Bob lost his seven and ten year old children to a drug addict who fell asleep at the wheel because doctors and the state’s largest HMO, Kaiser, gave her thousands of...
News Release
2/19/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan, Consumer Watchdog; or Edith Kallas, Whatley Kallas LLC
Santa Monica, CA -- In response to consumer complaints and a class action lawsuit on behalf of HIV/AIDS patients in California, Anthem Blue Cross has agreed to suspend a program that would have barred patients from purchasing certain specialty medications at local pharmacies.  Under the program, patients would have been required to obtain...
Video
1/23/2013
By Michael Finney, KGO ABC-TV SAN FRANCISCO, CA SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Anthem Blue Cross has informed some of its members that their medications will now only be available by mail order, and that has some in the HIV/AIDS community really upset. Many health insurance companies give discounts to members who get their medication through the mail....
News Release
1/14/2013
CONTACT Jerry Flanagan
San Diego, CA -- In a move that threatens the health and privacy of patients, Blue Cross of California has illegally targeted HIV/AIDS patients, and other seriously ill consumers, with a new program that will bar them from local pharmacies, according to a new statewide class action lawsuit.   Visit Consumer Watchdog's case page to read...