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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California Legislation Aims to Increase Prescription Drug AccountabilityWritten by Heather Linder | November 14, 2012
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.
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