Ricardo Lara

Will Prince's Death Finally Spur Opioid Prescribing Reform?

JUNE 14, 2016 UPDATE: This morning, the Assembly Business and Professions committee voted 16-0 for SB 482 by Senator Lara, to rein in opioid over-prescribing and curb the overdose epidemic.  Prince’s death, and the loss of thousands of Californians every year, has helped spur lawmakers to stand above politics and stand up for reform.

California Medical Association Stands Alone Against Prescription Drug Reform

The California Medical Association should get over its reactionary opposition to reform that would curb the prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic.

Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new painkiller prescription guidelines recommending that doctors check state prescription drug databases before prescribing opioids to a patient. This simple tool has been proven to reduce overprescribing, but only when doctors are required to use it.

Will Convicted CA Dirty Doctor's Long Sentence Help End Opioid Crisis?

Though it has been six years since she was caught, the California poster child for dirty doctors, and how they contribute to America's Opioid crisis, has finally and justly been sentenced to a long prison term. 
 

Capitol Watchdog: Upcoming Meetings to Watch

Inadequate physician networks and out-of-network billing have cast an ugly shadow over the expanding healthcare market as more people have access to healthcare. Next Monday, the Department of Insurance will hold a hearing on new proposed regulations covering network adequacy and out-of-network billing in emergency services. 

What Do Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie Agree On That Sacramento Still Won't Do?

The prescription drug abuse epidemic has vaulted into the national presidential debate, most recently this week with a Hillary Clinton op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader. Clinton wrote about combating addiction, and called for a requirement that health care providers consult a prescription drug monitoring database before prescribing controlled substances.

California Senate Approves Mandatory Check of Prescription Drug Database

Today, the California State Senate approved legislation to require doctors to check a state prescription database before prescribing the most addictive medications to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths.

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