California Legislation Aims to Increase Prescription Drug Accountability

Written by  Heather Linder | Wednesday, 14 November 2012 17:14
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Sen. Curren Price Jr. (D-Los Angeles), the chairman of the state Senate committee overseeing the Medical Board of California, will introduce a bill which will require coroners to report prescription drug deaths to the agency, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The bill is aimed at helping authorities identify physicians who may be harming patients through inappropriately prescribing prescription drugs.

Sen. Price believes there is a disconnect between coroners and the medical board. He hopes the bill will tighten accountability.

Nearly half of all accidental deaths from prescription drugs in Southern California occur to patients with a physician's prescription to be taking at least one of the drugs contributing to death. Often, these deaths also involved multiple drugs prescribed by more than one physician.

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