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News Release
2/27/2017
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Sacramento, CA – Physician oversight remains broken four years after a legislative review committee considered shutting down the Medical Board of California if it did not improve patient protection, Consumer Watchdog will testify today at the sunset review hearing into the future of the Board. Many consumers who complain to the Medical Board...
News Release
5/3/2016
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two years after Consumer Watchdog called on the California Medical Board to suspend the license of former San Diego Chargers team doctor, David Chao, the Board has charged Chao with negligence in the death of former Chargers linebacker Junior Seau. Consumer Watchdog said the Board should have suspended Dr. Chao’s...
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
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...
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...
News Release
10/31/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
CARMEL, CA: Dr. Bergstrom was arrested based on a report of sexual assault after a night of drinking. During the trial, the prosecution produced an audiotape which Dr. Bergstrom had accidentally created when he left his office dictation machine on. Dr. Bergstrom was heard buying cocaine, using cocaine, and trading cocaine for sex on the 5.5 hours-...