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Blog Posts

  • 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!

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News Articles

  • 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.

  • 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

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