Nearly two dozen consumer advocacy groups and trial lawyers have been organizing a campaign to support a slate of medical reform bills that are currently facing California Legislature. The proposed initiatives intend to hold doctors responsible for the consequences of over-prescribing medications in an effort to reduce the number of casualties caused by prescription drug abuse.
According to The Los Angeles Times, in recent years, nearly half of the deaths caused by prescription drugs in Southern California had been prescribed by doctors.
The bills also aim to upgrade Cures, California’s prescription drug monitoring program, to allow doctors to quickly identify whether or not a patient has been “doctor-shopping.”
However, Bob Pack, a strong advocate for the initiatives, said, “The problem is, when someone dies from a prescription drug overdose in California, there is no recourse at all.”
Pack became involved with the campaign against prescription drug abuse after his two children were killed by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol and prescription pain pills. He believes that the bills should go a step further and monitor doctors who recklessly prescribe medications, as well as remove a cap on damages claimed by victims of medical malpractice.
The consumer advocacy groups and trial lawyers behind the campaign will continue to work out the details of the proposed initiative in the hope of making it on to voter ballots in the November 2014 general election.
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