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News Release
4/29/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – A suspension of legislative rules in the Assembly allowed a bill introduced five days ago to divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment to pass the Assembly Business, Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today. The author of AB 2346, Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, refused to...
Video
4/29/2014
Watch Tina Minasian testify to the California Assembly Business Professions, and Consumer Protections Committee today on AB 2346 (Gonzalez-D), which would divert drunk and high doctors from discipline to confidential treatment. Ms. Minasian, of Roseville, CA, was harmed by her physician when a botched surgery left her maimed and in years of pain....
News Release
4/28/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA – After UCLA settled a whistleblower case for $10 million in which accusations of conflicts of interest between doctors and the medical device industry were ignored, Californians deserve an independent investigation to ensure that patients are not harmed when UC financial interests conflict with transparency in patient care...
Video
1/24/2014
Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline, 1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors. "The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to...
News Release
1/24/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Oakland, CA – Consumer Watchdog launched a billboard publicizing a new toll-free hotline,    1-844-DOCS-DUI, calling on the public and physicians to report suspected drug and alcohol abuse by doctors.  A woman harmed by her physician, who found out only later that the doctor had an alcohol abuse problem, called for...
Video
1/20/2014
"The California Medical Board has estimated that 18% of doctors will have a drug or alcohol problem during their careers, yet California has no system to identify doctors who abuse substances. This hotline will give the public a place to report concerns about impaired doctors to protect patients and save lives," said Carmen Balber,...
Video
10/28/2013
Almost 10 years to the day after their 10-year-old son, Troy, and 7-year-old daughter, Alana, were killed by an intoxicated driver, Danville residents Bob and Carmen Pack led a gathering of friends, family, and well-wishers to honor the memory of their children and to advocate for legislative changes that they hope will prevent similar tragedies.
Video
10/28/2013
A Danville couple whose two children were struck and killed by a drunk driver a decade ago will honor their memory in Danville this weekend. The memorial for Troy Pack and his younger sister Alana was held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Sycamore Valley Elementary School. The event comes 10 years after the Oct. 26, 2003 deaths of Troy, 10, and Alana,...
News Release
10/14/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The third video in the “Pee In A Cup The Musical” series greeted doctors arriving at the Disneyland Anaheim Marriott on Saturday. Security guards were deployed after its first drive past the entrance to the evening Awards Gala at the California Medical Association’s annual meeting. The mobile video truck circled...
News Release
10/11/2013
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Anaheim, CA -- The second in a series of musical videos that make the case for mandatory drug testing of doctors was unveiled today on a mobile billboard truck circling the California Medical Association's annual convention at Disneyland. Families who lost loved ones to negligent doctors and reckless prescribing of narcotics joined Consumer...