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Feature
9/30/2015
By Mark Reback
Due to a health care change by her employer, Anh Kim Goodson was forced into the Kaiser Permanente system on 12-1-11 and continued for 2-1/2 years until she was eligible for Medicare at age 65 at which time she switched to a non-Kaiser Medicare doctor. On her first visit to a Kaiser doctor, there was no physical exam done, no X-rays done during...
Blog Post
8/11/2015
By Carmen Balber
A Sonora family doctor arrested in July for overprescribing controlled substances is now accused of working “so high on narcotics” that she would nod off during appointments and pass out in the office, according to the Union Democrat. A Newport Beach doctor had his license suspended in July after being caught stealing narcotics from...
News Release
7/28/2015
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...
News Release
7/21/2015
CONTACT Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – New Jersey has become the tenth state that requires physicians to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications. California’s prescription drug database is voluntary for prescribers. Signed by Gov. Chris Christie, the New Jersey law requires doctors and prescribers to consult...
News Release
6/3/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog applauded passage by the California Senate today of four bills that will help curtail overprescribing of psychotropic medication to foster youth, but said additional steps are needed to ensure these most vulnerable patients are protected from harm. The four bills will provide better monitoring, treatment...
News Release
5/28/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA – Today, the California State Senate approved legislation to require doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, will require prescribers to...
News Release
2/24/2015
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...
News Release
1/30/2015
CONTACT Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Consumer Watchdog today called upon California State Senator Richard Pan to introduce legislation addressing the ongoing problem of drug- and alcohol-abusing physicians in California emergency rooms. Pan has announced legislation that would regulate how hospitals treat intoxicated patients. “If you truly want to protect...
News Release
1/15/2015
CONTACT Bob Pack & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA: Bob Pack, who helped develop CURES, California’s prescription drug database, today called upon the California Medical Board to support mandatory checking of the database after a substance-abusing Los Angeles doctor was arrested last week on charges of narcotics trafficking. If pharmacists were required to check the database...
News Release
11/24/2014
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...