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.
- 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!
- 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?”
- Calif. Nursing Home Chain Agrees to Settlement With State Source: California Healthline (Tuesday February 19, 2013)
California Healthline reports: “As part of a settlement with the state attorney general’s office, Skilled Healthcare Group will pay $350,000 annually for two years to cover the cost of an independent monitor that will conduct surprise inspections of the nursing home chain and report back to the attorney general’s office on its compliance with state staffing laws.”
- 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.