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News Release
10/14/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
BEVERLY HILLS, CA: As reported earlier this week by the Orange County Register, last Friday, October 10, 2014, the Medical Board revoked the license of Dr. Jan Adams, a doctor whose troubled practice was littered with incidents -- but he only made news when he operated on Donda West, the mother of celebrity Kanye West, the day before she died. In...
News Release
10/12/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA -- Dr. Kuemmerle, a methamphetamine addict, was the most prolific prescriber of Adderall and the second-highest prescriber of narcotics in the state. Records show his reckless prescribing went uninvestigated until a drug dealer Dr. Kuemmerle was selling prescriptions to was arrested by an undercover officer. The...
News Release
10/10/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA: Dr. West was a plastic surgeon with complaints of negligence and dishonesty filed by at least six severely deformed patients beginning in 2000. None of them knew that West had a substance abuse problem, or that he had entered the Medical Board’s secret (and now defunct) addiction monitoring program. In 2005, Dr. West...
Video
9/19/2014
A No on 46 spokesperson suggests that it’s more important that a physician enjoy alcohol after dinner instead of finding out the cause of an adverse event, such as disability or death of a patient. Prop 46 would require drug and alcohol testing of a doctor within 12 hours of an adverse event.   Learn more about Proposition 46 and...
Video
8/8/2014
KNTV NBC-TV Bay Area discusses Prop 46 on the statewide ballot in California, and whether doctors should be drug tested.
Video
8/8/2014
KNSD TV-7 NBC in San Diego covers the discussion on California's Prop 46 on the statewide ballot in November.
News Release
7/24/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA – A record high 46 doctors were disciplined for substance abuse last year according to a report prepared for a meeting of the California Medical Board today. Yet that record-breaking number represents just a fraction of the number of doctors likely to be abusing substances in California at any given time, said advocates with...
News Release
7/17/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA – The U.S. Senate committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions holds a hearing today to investigate failures in patient safety and the estimated 440,000 deaths that occur in hospitals every year due to preventable medical errors. A landmark California initiative on the November 2014 ballot addresses the patient safety...
News Release
7/16/2014
CONTACT Camen Balber & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new investigative report by KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, reported on the California Medical Board’s failure to police negligent doctors, like former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao. KGTV previously reported that Dr. Chao, a known substance-abuser, could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of...
Video
4/30/2014
San Diego's Assembly Member Lorena Gonzales has introduced legislation to allow substance abusing doctors to keep their rehabilitation secret from patients and medical board regulators. Patients and patient advocates testified that the legislation is a threat to patient safety.