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Father Who Lost Young Children Files Ballot Initiative To Address Patient Safety Issues Behind Deaths
Date:7/25/2013

DANVILLE, Calif., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bob Pack, who lost his seven year old daughter and ten year old son on a roadside nine years ago, filed a ballot measure in California today to address the drug overdose and physician accountability issues at the heart of his family's tragedy.

The Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act, which will require 504,760 valid signatures of voters to qualify for the next general election ballot, includes the following changes to California law:

  • Mandatory random drug and alcohol testing for physicians and mandatory physician drug and alcohol testing after reports of adverse events;
  • Mandatory use by physicians of the electronic CURES database, a searchable system that tracks prescriptions dispensed in California, which Pack developed for the state of California in the wake of his family's tragedy;
  • Adjusting for inflation the 37-year-old $250,000 cap on recovery for medical negligence victims, which has not changed since 1975, and as the author of the original law, Barry Keene, recently came forward to support;
  • Requiring doctors who witness substance abuse by physicians or medical negligence to report it, and protecting those physicians from lawsuits by other doctors when they do.

Pack, Consumer Watchdog and medical negligence survivors called upon the legislature on May 2nd in Sacramento to make these changes, then developed the ballot measure following the legislature's failure to take action.

"For 37 years, injured patients in California have been denied access to justice and strong patient safety protections," said Pack, a technology executive and one of the pioneers of NetZero.&#
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