COVID-19

Unanimous committee vote shows Medical Right to Repair is surging

By | Alex DeBellis
Right to Repair Campaign, Associate

 

Hospital support builds to 10-0, bipartisan vote in California committee

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health, Health Care, Solid Waste

After COVID-19 Laid Issues Bare, Medical Right to Repair (SB 605) Passes Health Committee Overwhelmingly

The Medical Device Right to Repair Act, Senate Bill (SB) 605, passed through its first committee Wednesday in a bipartisan, unanimous vote. The bill, authored by state Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, is the first right-to-repair legislation to advance out of committee in California.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | COVID-19

Statement: As CDC director says, it’s not time to lift restrictions

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have jumped back upward as several governors across the country are lifting restrictions that curb the spread of the virus.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

New report: COVID-19 cases in California nursing homes drop by 95 percent after mass vaccinations

Despite a sharp overall drop in coronavirus infections in nursing homes in recent months, 43 California nursing homes that weathered 2020 without any COVID-19 cases have reported new cases since 2021 began. This happened even though the elderly were among the first to get COVID-19 vaccines during the initial rollout in mid-December, fueling a 95.2 percent drop in new cases in nursing homes in California by early February -- among the best states in the country.

“We don’t attack those negative messages. We just have to profoundly overwhelm the senses with the positive messages — in addition to showing them the spot on your arm where you got the shot.”

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Public Health, Health Care

Matter of life or death: California bill would allow hospitals to repair critical medical equipment

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put extreme stress on the U.S. healthcare system and workers, California introduced the Medical Device Right to Repair Act (SB 605). The bill, authored by state Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, would require manufacturers of critical medical equipment, such as ventilators, to provide repair parts and information to hospital technicians and other third-party servicers.

Consumers still at risk for harmful over-the-counter drug products of all types because of soft federal regulations.

Hospital technicians renew urgent call for Right to Repair medical equipment

By | Kevin O'Reilly
Advocate, Right to Repair Campaign

The COVID-19 pandemic still rages, but issues facing medical device repair go unresolved.

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