Pan, Richard


Richard Pan, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis. A national leader in medical education and community health, he serves on the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education and the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and was Pediatric Residency Program Director at UC Davis.

AB 688 Would Prohibit Sale of Expired Infant Food and Formula, OTC Medications

By Dr. Richard Pan
California State Assembly

Today families and consumer advocates will join at the State Capitol to urge the Governor to sign AB 688, a common sense measure needed to protect Californians from the risks of consuming expired infant food and formula as well as over-the-counter drugs.  I have authored AB 688 to prohibit retail stores from stocking or selling infant food and formula after the “use by” date, and over-the-counter drugs past the expiration date.

Expired products deprive the consumer of the intended benefit of the product because of degradation and spoilage with time. For example, infants that do not receive adequate nutrients may suffer from impaired growth and brain development.  Furthermore, expired products may be dangerous to consume with potentially fatal side effects.  Seniors who are advised by their doctors to take aspirin during a heart attack or stroke may inadvertently consume expired aspirin with decreased potency for relief. 

AB 557 Key to Effective Veteran Services and Programs

By Dr. Richard Pan
California State Assembly

SACRAMENTO – In this Democratic Weekly Radio Address, Assemblymember Richard Pan (D-Natomas) highlights AB 557, legislation he has sponsored that creates the California Interagency Council on Veteran Services and Programs, aimed at better coordination of existing veterans’ programs and more efficient delivery of services through all levels of government. Pan notes his experience working in a VA hospital, “working with various groups and agencies dedicated to serving veterans,” and the importance of AB 557 in creating better coordination of health services to effectively treat veterans as they return home. Pan closes by stating that as Veterans have protected our freedom, health and prosperity; as Californians, “it must be our mission to ensure veterans are honored with the same.”

Click onto the following link for the English language MP3 file. The running time is 1:53.

The Mission of a University Is Not Running Prison Health

By Dr. Richard Pan

When the Governor announced in January that California should not be spending more on prisons than on its state universities, most people thought he wanted to renew the state’s commitment to higher education.  We did not imagine that the Governor was proposing shifting the $2 billion per year prison health care system to the University of California (UC).  While this kind of budgetary shell game raises significant issues regarding fiscal accountability, the proposal’s potential negative impact on the University of California is being taken seriously by the UC Regents who are “committed to looking at this in a very thorough way,” according to Regent Sherry Lansing.  Thankfully, the Regents are not rushing in at the whim of the Governor.