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East Bay man fights for doctor drug testing law

Thursday, August 07, 2014
An East Bay man whose two children were killed by a drugged driver is hoping to change the law this Nov.

Ten-year-old Troy and 7-year-old Alana Pack were killed in 2003 by a driver high on drugs that were prescribed by several doctors at the same hospital.

On Thursday, Bob Pack said Proposition 46 would require mandatory drug testing of doctors and force them to use a database before prescribing narcotics.

"It's not about the 90 percent or so of great doctors, it's those smaller percentage of bad apples that need to be identified," he said.

Opponents say it's really about trail lawyers wanting to raise the cap on malpractice suits to make more money.

"What's really going on here," said emergency physician Tom Sugarman. "Is that's going to translate into about $1,000 per year for a family of four."

The California Medical Association, insurance and hospital groups have raised more than $40 million to oppose the measure
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