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News Release
10/17/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA – A victim of medical negligence at the hands of an Orange County doctor with a history of alcohol abuse, a physician and consumer advocates unveiled a new television ad for Yes on Prop 46 today, highlighting how Prop 46 will identify and deter physician substance abuse with random drug and alcohol testing. The ad pictures a...
News Release
10/15/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
MARIN, CA: In January 1990, Dr. Chiarottino’s license was placed on five years probation when the Medical Board found that he had falsely and dishonestly prescribed multiple controlled substances to himself. However, Dr. Chiarottino failed to comply with his probation terms and his license was revoked in September 1991. Eight years later, in...
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...
News Release
9/22/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Today the campaign supporting Proposition 46, California’s patient safety ballot measure on the November 2014 ballot, criticized an opposition spokesperson for suggesting that it’s more important that a physician enjoy alcohol than getting to the bottom of an adverse event. Dr. Sion Roy, a spokesperson for the...
News Release
7/29/2014
CONTACT Lisa Cohen
Sacramento, CA – Two powerful labor groups, the California Teamsters Public Affairs Council and the California Conference Board–Amalgamated Transit Union, have joined the growing list of organizations and individuals that support Proposition 46, the patient safety initiative on California’s Nov. 4 ballot. “Patient safety is...
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
5/22/2014
CONTACT Jamie Court and Michael Kapp
Watchdog: Revoke License, NFL Players Support Doctor Drug Testing SANTA MONICA, CA – In response to an investigative report that former Chargers head team physician and known substance-abuser Dr. David Chao could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of former linebacker Junior Seau, Consumer Watchdog called upon the Medical Board of...
News Release
4/4/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – In another case of medical negligence almost too gruesome to believe, a hospital accused of letting a patient freeze to death in the morgue will never be held fully accountable because of a 38-year-old cap on malpractice damages in California. The cap that limits accountability for negligence in cases involving the death...