Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES)
Pursuant to California Senate Bill (SB) 809, the Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Department of Consumer Affairs, is implementing a new Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). The new system, CURES 2.0, is nearing completion and will become available during Summer 2015.
Prescribers and dispensers are encouraged to register for CURES access as soon as possible in observance of new mandates established by SB 809. California Health & Safety Code section 11165.1 (a)(1)(A) now states that health care practitioners authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish, or dispense Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV controlled substances and pharmacists must submit an application for approval to access information online regarding the controlled substance history of a patient that is stored on the Internet and maintained within the Department of Justice before January 1, 2016.
The CURES 2.0 will bring together the power of data and information technology to empower medical professionals to integrate efforts to prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion. CURES 2.0 will feature an improved user interface, ease of use, and robustness that will provide authorized users with critical information concerning at-risk prescription behavior. To register for CURES now, click here.
The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) is a database containing information on Schedule II through IV controlled substances dispensed in California. It is a valuable investigative, preventive, and educational tool for the healthcare community, regulatory boards, and law enforcement.
The California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) maintains the CURES database. The PDMP allows authorized users, including licensed healthcare prescribers eligible to prescribe controlled substances, pharmacists authorized to dispense controlled substances, law enforcement, and regulatory boards, to access patient controlled substance history information maintained in CURES. The PDMP is committed to assisting in the reduction of pharmaceutical drug diversion without affecting legitimate medical practice or patient care.
Through online access to CURES, authorized prescribers and pharmacists can quickly review information via Patient Activity Reports (PAR) in an effort to identify and deter drug abuse and diversion through accurate and rapid tracking of Schedule II through IV controlled substances. In 2014, over 3.5 million PAR requests were processed.
To obtain access to CURES, prescribers and pharmacists must: (1) submit an application form electronically; and (2) mail a notarized copy of their printed and signed Application Confirmation, along with copies of the following supporting documents: Drug Enforcement Administration registration certificate (prescribers only), medical or pharmacist license, and a government-issued photo identification. Applicants can email their complete CURES application packet to email@example.com or mail by standard U.S. mail to:
California Department of Justice
P.O. Box 160447
Sacramento, CA 95816
The Department of Justice (DOJ) limits access to and dissemination of CURES information to licensed prescribers, licensed pharmacists, law enforcement personnel, and regulatory board personnel strictly for patient care or official investigatory/regulatory purposes. The DOJ pursues regulatory and/or criminal sanctions for misuse of CURES information.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966 (HIPAA) and all confidentiality and disclosure provisions of California law cover the information contained in CURES. All users must comply with HIPAA Privacy Rule Requirements when using CURES.
Submission of Controlled Substance Data
California Health & Safety Code Section 11165(d) requires dispensing pharmacies, clinics, or other dispensers of Schedule II through IV controlled substances to provide specified dispensing information to the DOJ on a weekly basis in a format approved and accepted by the DOJ. Currently, the ASAP 2009 Version 4.1 format is accepted.
Direct Dispense Reporting Application
The DOJ, in coordination with Atlantic Associates, Inc. (AAI), allows direct dispense prescribers and entities, including pharmacies filling less than 25 prescriptions per month, to electronically report dispensing data to the DOJ. The direct dispense application can be accessed on the Direct Dispense website located at www.aaicures.com. Also available at this website are instructions on how to apply for an account and submit dispense data. Please note that the DOJ no longer accepts paper direct dispense reports.
To access the secured direct dispense site, dispensers must first complete the application at http://aaicures.com/register.for.access.php. Once an application has been submitted, an email confirmation from AAI will provide approved users with a username and temporary password. If an email confirmation is not received within 48 hours of submitting the application, please contact AAI at CACures@aainh.com or (800) 539-3370.
For additional information concerning controlled substance prescription data reporting, please contact AAI at CACures@aainh.com or (800) 539-3370.
Prescription Forms (For Prescribers)
Obtain Security Prescription Forms
California law requires prescribers of any Schedule II through V controlled substance to obtain and use tamper-resistant prescription forms ordered only from state-approved security printers. To order tamper-resistant prescription forms, please refer to the Approved List of Security Prescription Printers for vendors authorized by the DOJ and their contact information.
Report Lost or Stolen Prescription Forms
Reports of lost or stolen prescription forms or pads must be reported to local law enforcement and the PDMP. Users registered with CURES can electronically report their lost or stolen prescription forms or pads online when logged into their CURES account. A law enforcement agency report number is required when submitting a report of lost or stolen prescription forms to the PDMP.
For questions concerning how to report lost or stolen prescription pads or forms, please contact the Security Prescription Printer Program at SecurityPrinter@doj.ca.gov.