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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...
Blog Post
4/28/2015
By Carmen Balber
Check a patient’s medical record. It’s a simple fix to a tragic prescription drug epidemic. When you have an annual checkup, your doctor checks your vital signs and draws blood for testing. But before she even does that, what does she do? She checks your medical record. And yet, 90 percent of California doctors who prescribe strong,...
News Release
4/27/2015
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Eddie Barrera
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today applauded a California Legislature committee for passing a bill that requires prescribers to check a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths. SB 482,...
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
1/15/2015
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
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
7/17/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA – The U.S. Senate committee on Health Education Labor and Pensions holds a hearing today to investigate failures in patient safety and the estimated 440,000 deaths that occur in hospitals every year due to preventable medical errors. A landmark California initiative on the November 2014 ballot addresses the patient safety...
News Release
7/16/2014
CONTACT Camen Balber & Michael Kapp
SANTA MONICA, CA – A new investigative report by KGTV, the ABC affiliate in San Diego, reported on the California Medical Board’s failure to police negligent doctors, like former Chargers team physician Dr. David Chao. KGTV previously reported that Dr. Chao, a known substance-abuser, could be responsible for the May 2012 suicide of...
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...