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Patient safety, malpractice costs at issue in Proposition 46
San Francisco Chronicle

A years-long battle between doctors and trial lawyers is coming down to Proposition 46 on the November ballot, leaving voters to sift through a mass of conflicting claims in an effort to pick the winner in what will be the most expensive race of the fall. That’s not the way the two sides describe it, though. For supporters of the measure – which would raise the cap on medical malpractice awards, require doctors to use a state database on certain prescription medicines to keep dangerous drugs from falling into the wrong hands, and institute drug and alcohol testing for physicians – Prop. 46 is a simple matter of patient safety and fairness.