Drug testing for doctors proposed
May 20, 2013
Proponents of mandated drug testing for California physicians plan to seek signatures this summer to qualify an initiative for the 2014 ballot. (San Jose Mercury News)
The proposal is backed by Bob Pack, a former AOL and NetZero executive whose two children were killed by a driver in Danville under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol.
Pack said physicians should be subject to the same safety regulations as bus drivers.
He’s working with consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield, known for his work against predatory insurance practices.
A recent article in the Journal of American Medicine advocates confidential, mandatory testing, and a new state poll shows that 85 percent of California voters would support random testing for doctors.
A second objective of Pack’s plan would lift the cap on medical malpractice lawsuits.
A spokesperson for the California Medical Association called the proposal “an ill-fated publicity stunt.”