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The New York Times report today that the Koch brothers have moved closer to purchasing The Los Angeles Times sent shivers through Angelenos like me who cling to Thomas Jefferson’s admonition about the importance of the freedom of the press. "The only...
Last month, at an emotional hearing in Sacramento and on the op-ed page of the San Francisco Chronicle, we called for the state agency that oversees doctors to become a stronger regulator or to go out of business. The Legislature has to renew the doctor...
While reviewing the State Medical Board's charter, consumer advocates and state lawmakers raise concerns about the epidemic of prescription drug overdoses in California. The Board is supposed to monitor and sanction doctors who habitually violate prescription...
There are two ways to look at Google Glass, the eyeware-spyware the Internet Goliath is releasing later this year. Glass half full: it services us for convenience. Glass half empty: it services the corporation by allowing our eye glasses to record every public...
There aren't too many great days for patient safety in state capitols, where the medical establishment tends to rule the roost through the power of its political giving and tentacles. But Monday was a great day for patient safety in Sacramento, when powerful...
Sun Should Set On Medical Board That Fails to Protect Public From Drug-Using, Over-Prescribing, Dangerous Doctors, Says Consumer Watchdog
Sacramento, CA – Consumer Watchdog called on the legislature to pull the plug on the Medical Board of California at hearings to renew it in Sacramento today because the board has failed in its duty to protect patients from drug dealing, over-prescribing and other...
A pro-consumer candidate to the Federal Trade Commission, who had the backing of the entire public interest community, really wanted the job. But this candidate didn’t want allies to go public for fear of alienating the White House. What happened? Today...
If you think the price you are paying at the pump today is too high, what do you think will happen if there are even fewer oil companies providing your gasoline? Consumer Watchdog has been working to stop the merger of BP and Tesoro in California -- which would leave...
It’s outrageous. A methamphetamine user convicted of a federal felony for drug dealing just won the right to treat patients again in one year. Pilots would be grounded for life. Lawyers would lose their license forever. Doctors that use and deal...
Consumer Watchdog Calls For Political Response To Physician Drug Abuse Scandal, Including Mandatory Drug Testing For High Risk Doctors Across California
Santa Monica, CA – Leading consumer advocates today called upon the legislature to hold hearings and investigate strong new laws in response to recent Los Angeles Times reports on widespread drug overdoses due to physician overprescribing and the recent case of a...