Alicia, an actress who played a doctor in this public health ad, is a Survivor of Necrotizing Fasciitis, which she contracted following routine surgery at a top rated hospital in August of 2006. Following her motherâ€™s discovery of a black dot on Aliciaâ€™s stomach, she was thrust into a barrage of tests, drugs and six more surgeries to save her life and possible amputation of her left leg.
- 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!
- Legal drugs, deadly outcomes (Dying for Relief, a Times Investigation) Source: Los Angeles Times (Sunday November 11, 2012)
Prescription overdoses kill more people than heroin and cocaine. An L.A. Times review of coroners’ records finds that drugs prescribed by a small number of doctors caused or contributed to a disproportionate number of deaths.
- Consumer group calls for laws to boost monitoring of doctors Source: Los Angeles Times (Thursday February 7, 2013)
Consumer Watchdog says reforms are needed to reduce the rising number of prescription drug overdoses and to rein in incompetent and corrupt physicians.
- Public Health Department Fines Seven Hospitals a Total of $775K Source: California Healthline (Thursday February 7, 2013)
On Wednesday, the California Department of Public Health fined seven California hospitals a total of $775,000 for 10 violations that endangered patients’ health or led to their deaths, Payers & Providers reports.
- Consumer Watchdog Seeks Stronger Oversight of Rx Overprescribing Source: California Healthline (Thursday February 7, 2013)
In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Wednesday, Consumer Watchdog called for legislation to improve monitoring of physicians who overprescribe medications, the Los Angeles Times reports. The letter was prompted by a Times investigation that found the state’s oversight of such physicians to be lacking (Girion, Los Angeles Times, 2/7).
- Neurosurgeon targeted in malpractice litigation sues Ventura hospital, area doctor Source: Ventura County Star (Monday January 14, 2013)
Ventura County Star reports on a neurosurgeon who was sued for malpractice 20 times in California and had his hospital privileges suspended there. The suits claim “he performed overly aggressive back surgeries that often ended in infection and sometimes corrective surgery.” The surgeon moved to Michigan to continue practicing, denies malpractice, and says his suspension was a sham to avoid having to pay him a big bonus.
- Ninth Circuit Backs Plaintiffs in Medical Device Litigation Source: The Recorder (Thursday January 10, 2013)
A ruling on a state lawsuit concerning medical devices found that federal law will not pre-empt or prevent the case from moving forward.
- Anthony Chicotel: Medical board allows over-drugging of elderly patients Source: Mercury News (Tuesday January 8, 2013)
The California Medical board takes no action when elderly patients are over-medicated.
- New law to allow a hospital pharmacy to operate a centralized hospital packaging pharmacy
New addresses avoiding adverse events by barcoding drug doses that are prepared for individual unit packaging by the central pharmacy of sister hospitals. Hospitals must be certified by the board of pharmacy:
- Hospital patient sues over infection Source: Durand Daily Journal (Monday December 24, 2012)
CA patient sues hospital for malpractice and negligence after contracting C.diff
- Immediate Jeopardy Fines for 12 California Hospitals Source: Health Leaders Media (Friday December 21, 2012)
CA health officials fined 10 hospitals found to cause errors that led to 4 patients dying and others seriously injured.