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Everybody Hurts: Prescription drug tracking advances in California Senate

California is taking another run at requiring doctors to check a patient’s prescription history before prescribing potentially addictive drugs, with legislation passing the state senate yesterday. But will California legislators make the same kinds of compromises with providers that Oklahoma did?

The Shadow Practice: Feds, state miss patient-safety alerts at back-alley clinics

Dr. Scott Bickman lost his California medical license, but not before federal, state and local authorities missed numerous chances to prevent harm to patients. Do we need an Amber Alert for dangerous, back-alley clinics?

The Shadow Practice: Medical Board takes license years after warning signs

A Southern California anesthesiologist was stripped of his ability to prescribe addictive drugs by the DEA in 2011. But the state's medical board didn't take away the doctor's license until just last month. Why is the board so slow in taking action?

Court ruling exposes loopholes in medical board's online disclosures

To better appreciate some of the legal problems with the way California's medical board oversees the disclosure of doctors’ disciplinary records online, consider the legal case of the late Orange County skin care pioneer James E. Fulton.

Physicians ready for fight against online disclosure of discipline records

The Medical Board of California has successfully won legislation that will remove a 10-year time limit on the online disclosure of doctors' discipline records. But the board better have its legal team ready, because doctors won't hesitate to challenge the rules in court.

New medical board rules will allow doctors’ misdeeds to go unnoticed

The professional history of California doctor James Privitera includes a series of questionable practices that contributed to the death of at least one patient. And yet the physician's reprimand by the state medical board can be wiped from online records as early as next month.

Everybody Hurts: Medical Board explains new pain guidelines

The Medical Board of California has new guidelines for treating pain with drugs. Two board officials explain how the guidelines will work, and comment on the challenges doctors face in trying to diagnose pain and prescribe relief in short, infrequent patient visits.

Everybody Hurts: California Medical Board recommends compassion, caution in pain management

The Medical Board of California is currently discussing new guidelines for prescription pain medicines. The recommendations urge physicians to better distinguish between types of pain, remain vigilant for abuse, and help addicts find treatment.

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.

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