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California considers drug, alcohol tests for doctors

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

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the "Pee in the Cup" initiative is being pushed by Bob Pack, a technology mogul and former executive at AOL Inc. and NetZero 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 launch this summer.

The newspaper reports the initiative might also seek to lift the cap on damages in medical malpractice cases.

The goal is to get the measure on the November 2014 ballot.

A spokesperson for the California Medical Association calls the effort a "publicity stunt."

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