Drug testing for Calif. doctors urged

SAN FRANCISCO — A proposed state ballot measure in California would require doctors to be randomly subjected to drug and alcohol testing.

The initiative is being pushed by Bob Pack, a technology mogul and former executive at AOL Inc.

His young son and daughter were killed a decade ago by a driver under the influence of alcohol and prescription pills.


Pack’s campaign already is armed with $2 million in funding and will begin this summer. The initiative might also seek to lift the cap on damages in medical malpractice cases.

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The goal is to get the measure on the November 2014 ballot. A spokesman for the California Medical Association called the effort a ‘‘publicity stunt.’’

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Pack has enlisted the help of consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield, who was behind a 1988 measure regulating the insurance industry, as well as former Clinton White House adviser Chris Lehane, whose trial lawyer clients have donated $2 million.

A new poll found that 85 percent of California voters favor random testing of physicians.

Associated Press