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FAQs & Patient Activity Reports

What information may be obtained from CURES?

CURES contains the patient name, date of birth, drug name, drug form, strength, quantity, pharmacy name, pharmacy number and the prescribing physician information.

Who has access to CURES information?

As outlined in 11165(c) of the Health & Safety Code "Data obtained from CURES shall only be provided to appropriate state, local and federal persons or public agencies for disciplinary, civil, or criminal purposes and to other agencies or entities as determined by the Department of Justice, for educational, peer review, statistical, or research purposes, provided that patient information, including any medical prescribers, pharmacists, law enforcement personnel for investigative purposes and state boards which assist the medical community."

What do I do if the information in CURES is not correct?

Be prepared to tell the person in the CURES unit which Patient Activity Report you are looking at and he/she will pull the copy from the Program files.

  • What field of information is incorrect and why.
  • Do you know the correct information and please give your name and telephone number.
  • A technician from the unit will look into the matter and will call you back to verify what has transpired.

What do I do if a patient expresses concern regarding the information obtained from CURES?

  • Do not provide a copy of the PAR to the patient.
  • You may refer a patient to our public number

What should I do if I suspect my patient may be "doctor shopping"?

Work with your patient to obtain the help they may need. Refer to the Medical Board of California "Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances for Pain" and the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs for assistance in your county.

If I am an out-of-state doctor may I request a PAR?

Yes, pre-registered prescribers and dispensers may obtain PARs directly on-line via the PDMP Application.

How do I contact the CURES Program?

P.O. Box 160447
Sacramento, CA 95816

PDMP Contact Information:

  • Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigative Services
  • P.O. Box 160447
    Sacramento, CA 95816

Please Note:

Regrettably, due to budgetary restrictions, facsimile submissions of Patient Activity Report (PAR) requests can no longer be accepted.

Pre-registered prescribers and dispensers may obtain PARs directly on-line via the PDMP Application.

Prescribers and dispensers can initiate application for CURES/PDMP system access by clicking on the PDMP Registration link on the right-hand column of this page.


If you live in an area of California where a Live Scan is not available, you may request an Exemption from Mandatory Live Scan Submission and submit the Request for Exemption and a completed FD 258 Fingerprint Card. Request for Exemption, pdf Instruction for the Request for Exemption, pdf

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