In July of 2007 I went into a hospital in San Jose, California to have back surgery and I was sent home with a staph infection within the incision site that almost cost me my life.
Consumers Union Documents
- State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws
Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.
- Stay safe in the hospital
The January issue of Consumer Reports on Health newsletter tells patients and their relatives how to get the best care and prevent hospital infections and medication errors.
- CA activist Carole Moss leads effort on hospital infection bills
Carole Moss has been a lead advocate on the effort to pass legislation requiring California hospitals to report their infection rates available to the public. The bill is named after her son, Nile, who died of MRSA, an antibiotic resistant superbug. The legislation also requires screening of patients for MRSA and isolating those that have it.
- Survivor turned movement leader: Meet Alicia
Alicia Cole, an actress and hospital infection survivor, last Friday launched her own initiative to finally pass an infection reporting law in California.
- Common sense shouldn’t take two years – unless it’s the FDA
Should it really take two years to study a common-sense proposal to make drug ads better for consumers? Not unless it’s the Food and Drug Administration, which has taken foot-dragging to new heights
- Sidestepping Your Doc
Should consumers have access to certain medications at the pharmacy without a prescription?
- No side effects, says who?
Is your doctor listening to you or the drug companies when it comes to pinpointing the cause of your symptoms?
- California law scares drug companies–because it might work to lower prices!
According to the Boston Globe, drug companies are scared that a new California will actually work the way it’s supposed to–by lowering the cost of prescription drugs for uninsured people.
- Survey finds close ties between drug companies and patient groups
The New Scientist’s recent survey describes how some patient groups get substantial funding from drug companies.
- Walmart to lower prices on generics
Walmart has announced today that it will begin offering nearly 300 generic drugs for only $4 per prescription in Florida. Other companies and pharmacies may step up and also lower the prices of their medications. But what can Congress and states do to help people afford the drugs they need?
- Another prestigious institution bans Pharma swag
In what the NY Times calls “a growing movement among academic institutions,” Stanford University Medical Center will ban gifts — even small ones like pens — from pharma sales reps to physicians who work there.
- Millions of Californians will soon enjoy lower drug prices
On August 31st the California legislature passed a bill that would require drug companies to lower their prices, or risk being shut out of the state’s Medicaid program, or Medi-Cal. Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the measure. Many thanks goes to our CA activists who helped us achieve this victory!
- California's medical board backs some prescription-drug-abuse reforms Source: Los Angeles Times (Friday April 26, 2013)
LA Times reports: “The Medical Board of California on Friday embraced a host of reforms aimed at combating prescription drug abuse and reducing overdose deaths but balked at a proposal to strip it of its authority to investigate physician misconduct.”
- Michael Hiltzik, LA Times: Legislature should pull plug on inept Medical Board of California Source: Los Angeles Times (Friday April 26, 2013)
Michael Hiltzik of LA Times: “Legislators should sunset the medical board’s do-nothing, know-nothing membership and executive director, and start over fresh.”
- Medical Board of California could lose investigative powers Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday April 25, 2013)
Legislators propose turning over investigations of doctors to the state attorney general’s office, leaving the board to deal with licensing.
- Report: San Diego Chargers team physician has job despite issues Source: Sporting News (Wednesday April 24, 2013)
San Diego Chargers team physician has a history of lawsuits filed against him by former patients, and drinking and driving citations, Sporting News reports.
- Legislators threaten to kill state medical board Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday April 11, 2013)
Lawmakers warn that they will let the agency expire next year if it doesn’t become more aggressive in taking action against dangerous doctors.
- CDPH Fines San Diego Care Center in Death of Resident Source: CDPH (Monday March 25, 2013)
A CDPH investigation found that inadequate care resulted in the death of a nursing home resident.
- Anaheim General to close in May Source: OC Register (Tuesday March 26, 2013)
The decision comes after years of patient safety violations and financial struggles that were followed by an unexpected recovery for the hospital.
- Medical Board of California failing to implement new surgery center law designed to inform consumers Source: Southern California Public Radio (Monday March 11, 2013)
The Medical Board of California has largely failed to implement key provisions of a law intended, in part, to provide consumers with better information about physician-owned, outpatient surgery centers that the agency is responsible for regulating, KPCC has found. Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project quoted.
- California woman dies after nurse refuses to perform CPR Source: Fox News (Monday March 4, 2013)
CA woman dies in retirement home after nurse fails to perform CPR.
- Herbalife cozies up with UCLA Source: Los Angeles Times (Friday February 22, 2013)
Los Angeles Times: “UCLA’s Medical School has an unusually close relationship with Herbalife, which constantly promotes its connection to doctors there. Where do sensible ideas end and the shilling for Herbalife begin?”