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September 14, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All around them, health officials in Santa Ana knew, people were dangerously taking medicines banned in the United States but available in Mexico or prescribed by local store clerks with no medical training. But it was the death of a 13-month-old boy from a series of spurious inoculations, they said, that jarred them into forming the Santa Ana Safe Medicine Coalition. They realized they needed to expose the danger of getting medical care from anyone other than a licensed physician or pharmacist.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All around them, health officials in Santa Ana knew, people were dangerously taking medicines banned in the United States but available in Mexico or prescribed by local store clerks with no medical training. But it was the death of a 13-month-old boy from a series of spurious inoculations, they said, that jarred them into forming the Santa Ana Safe Medicine Coalition. They realized they needed to expose the danger of getting medical care from anyone other than a licensed physician or pharmacist.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1999
The cause of the death of an 18-month-old girl after back-room treatment in Tustin is yet to be determined, but the case has prompted officials to warn against smuggled prescription drugs and injections by unlicensed providers. It's common in Latin America to receive injections for some maladies that would be treated differently elsewhere. So it's not surprising that immigrants bring the custom with them to Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1999
Orange County officials are readying a needed campaign against clinics that illegally sell prescription drugs. They also appear to be exercising proper care in reviewing facilities operating largely in the Latino community. After a back-room dispensary in a Tustin toy store provided an 18-month-old girl with an injection of what the shopkeeper said was penicillin last month, the baby died.
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February 26, 1999 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the growing availability of low-cost medical care for many children, some immigrants continue to seek care from unlicensed practitioners because of economic and cultural barriers, which played a role in the death of an Orange County toddler this week, officials said.
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March 4, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County officials Wednesday called for a task force to crack down on storefront operations that illegally treat the sick and dispense prescription medicine. The action follows the death of an 18-month-old Anaheim girl shortly after allegedly receiving an injection by an unlicensed practitioner at a Tustin gift shop last week. A 13-month-old Santa Ana boy died 10 months ago after he received five injections at an unlicensed Santa Ana clinic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Top Orange County officials gathered Thursday to start putting together a task force aimed at busting and closing illegal back-room medical clinics, but getting the operation going may take several weeks. Supervisors Charles V. Smith and Tom Wilson said they want a "comprehensive approach" to deal with the sale of illegal pharmaceuticals, one that answers how widespread the problem is in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1999 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the first Orange County toddler died after getting a series of injections from an unlicensed clinic operator, Mary Watson got angry. "When Christopher Martinez died, there was nothing in place, no plan of action," she said, referring to the 13-month-old boy who died last April after receiving the fifth injection at a Santa Ana storefront clinic. Watson has since channeled her anger into civic action and helped found the Santa Ana Safe Medicine Coalition.
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February 25, 1999 | H.G. REZA and PETER M. WARREN and ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An 18-month-old Anaheim girl died after she was given an injection of allegedly illegal imported drugs at an unlicensed back-room clinic in Tustin, police said Wednesday. "This was a black-market medical practice," said Tustin Police Lt. Mike Shanahan. Police arrested the store's 23-year-old manager and confiscated boxes of pharmaceuticals labeled in Spanish after the Monday death of Selene Segura Rios.
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