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DENTAL DANGERS: Dentist’s malpractice claims span three decades

Over a span of three decades in courthouses across Southern California, more than a dozen dental malpractice lawsuits have been filed against Bakersfield prosthodontist Robert Tupac in courthouses across Southern California. The allegations are extensive.

DENTAL DANGERS: How the Dental Board of California investigates dentists

In the most severe cases of complaints against dentists, the Dental Board of California to the California Office of the Attorney General to file an accusation against a dentist on the board's behalf. That's what happened in the case of Dr. Robert Tupac.

DENTAL DANGERS: Local dentist's invisible complaint file underscores dental board's shortcomings

Over three decades, more than a dozen patients have claimed that one dentist’s shoddy work left them with issues varying from excessive drooling to ill-fitting teeth. Meanwhile, state dental regulators have done little.

The Shadow Practice: A Physician’s Problems Can Often Start at Home

According to Medical Board of California records, a doctor under investigation for other professional infractions, ultimately got in trouble for prescribing his wife with addictive drugs. Still they seemed to give him a partial pass.

Licensed for Life? Nearing 90, Doctor Finally Strikes Out (for Now)

What does it take for a doctor to lose his license to practice permanently? A patient dead from "therapeutic misadventure?" A formal finding of unprofessional conduct? Advanced age? Maybe not.

Everybody Hurts: Paying for Prescription Tracking in Pennies

Possibilities for funding California's now useless prescription drug monitoring program range from charging drug companies a penny or less per prescription or levying a small licensing fee to medical providers and pharmacies.

Medical Board Files More Charges Against Conrad Murray in Michael Jackson Death

With Justin Bieber ticketed for dodging paparazzi and Katie Holmes awarded primary custody, the gossip press can be forgiven for missing the latest in the case of the doctor who overdosed Michael Jackson.

Licensed For Life: 87-Year-Old Doctor Accused Of Marketing Pot To Patients

What's an 87-year-old doctor to do when he's banned from performing surgery but still allowed to practice medicine? Prescribe medical marijuana in a dubious clinic.

Q&A with Dr. William Norcross, Part 2: Aging Physicians May Not Know They Are Impaired

Aging doctors may not know when they're too old to practice safely. In the name of patient safety, should we be monitoring doctors as they get older?

Q&A with Dr. William Norcross: Stopping Aging Doctors Before They Harm

When is a doctor too old to practice safely? That depends, says Dr. William Norcross, who founded a national doctors' remedial education center and now advocates for regular testing of aging doctors for cognitive problems like dementia.

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