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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
5/7/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Los Angeles, CA – Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Medical Board unanimous vote to support a bill requiring doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose...
News Release
4/29/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said today that the abysmal patient safety record of California hospitals exposed in a national report card highlights the lack of legal deterrence and safeguards to protect consumers. The Leapfrog Group, an employer-backed nonprofit group focused on healthcare quality, gave nearly 40 percent of California...
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
2/18/2015
CONTACT Michael Kapp & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA: The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog called upon Governor Jerry Brown and government regulators to audit ten hospitals that the California Department of Public Health issued $700,000 in fines for adverse events that caused serious injury or death to patients. The fines, ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 per hospital, are not large...
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
11/4/2014
CONTACT Bob Pack
DANVILLE, CA – Bob Pack, the author of Proposition 46 who lost his two children Troy and Alana due to medical negligence, released the following statement: “This was a battle worth fighting. But the battle doesn’t stop here.   We’ve opened the eyes of all Californians about patient safety.   We opened eyes about...
News Release
11/3/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
LOS ANGELES, CA: According to Dr. Peterson’s own admission, he had developed a crystal meth habit while in medical school. Dr. Peterson even admitted to self-administering a "date-rape" drug, saying it helped him counter the speed-inducing effect of meth. Later, in 2005, Dr. Peterson began to use Xanax. His drug problem worsened...
News Release
11/3/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court & Carmen Balber
SANTA MONICA, CA – ABC News 10 reported Sunday that 44% of doctors on probation in San Diego were disciplined for substance abuse or addiction. The report revealed the clear problem with doctors abusing drugs or alcohol yet the California Medical Board is unwilling or unable to act to protect patient safety. Proposition 46, the patient...