California voters fight to get patient safety bill approved

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

March 26, 2014

A petition with more than 80,000 signatures is being submitted to the California legislature to create new California patient safety standards and institute doctor drug testing, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The proposed legislation - the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act - is named for Bob and Carmen Pack’s two young children who died in a car crash in 2003 in Danville, Calif. after a driver who was overprescribed pain killers fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of her vehicle, the paper reported.
The paper also says the measure would require physicians to undergo random drug testing, use the existing prescription drug database to curb doctor-shopping drug abusers, and raise the state’s pain and suffering damages cap in medical malpractice cases, which is currently set at $250,000.
Nearly 1 in 5 doctors has reported dealing with a substance abuse problem during their careers, according to the California Medical Board, reports CBS News.