CURES Information Exchange Web Service (IEWS)

Assembly Bill 40

The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) is a database containing information about Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substance prescriptions dispensed to patients, as reported by the dispensing pharmacy, clinic, or other dispenser pursuant to Health and Safety Code (HSC) section 11165(d). The CURES Program grants authorized prescribers and dispensers access to query the CURES database to assist them in their efforts to ensure appropriate prescribing, ordering, administering, furnishing, and dispensing of controlled substances to individuals under their care.

Assembly Bill 40 requires the Department of Justice to establish a method of system integration whereby approved health care practitioners and pharmacists may use a qualified health information technology system to access information in the CURES database. As a prerequisite to system integration, each entity that operates a heath information technology system must enter into a memorandum of understanding with the California Department of Justice.

An approved health care practitioner or pharmacist may submit queries to the CURES database through a health information technology system if the entity that operates the health information technology system can certify meeting the requirements specified in HSC section 11165.1(a)(1)(E). For purposes of Assembly Bill 40, “entity” means an organization that operates, or provides or makes available, a health information technology system to a health care practitioner or pharmacist.

View a complete copy of HSC section 11165.1 as revised to incorporate AB40.

How Do We Sign Up?

In order to participate, you must submit an application package, which includes:

  • Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - to be submitted by mail. DocuSign MOU's may be emailed.
  • Completed Onboarding Questionnaire
  • Payment for all associated fees, including:
    • Fee to Establish Connectivity
    • Maintenance Fee, if applicable - Fee for period of July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 waived

The application package may be mailed to the following address:

  • California Department of Justice
  • CURES Program
  • P.O. Box 160447
  • Sacramento, CA 95816

NCPDP Script Standard

Presently, the CURES IEWS supports Version 10.6 of the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) SCRIPT Standard. Contingent upon successful and timely implementation testing, commencing January 16, 2020, the California Department of Justice will transition to Version 2017071 of the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard. For a period of approximately one year, until January 1, 2021, the California Department of Justice will support both standards—Version 10.6 and Version 2017071. Commencing January 1, 2021, the California Department of Justice will decommission Version 10.6 of the NCPDP Script Standard in the CURES IEWS, and will strictly support Version 2017071 of the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard in the CURES IEWS. As of that date, organizations whose HIT systems fail to transition to Version 2017071 of the NCPDP SCRIPT Standard will no longer be able to utilize the CURES IEWS.

Since the California Department of Justice will, for a period of time, support both NCPDP Script Standards, two versions of the CURES IEWS Implementation Guide are available below. Entities integrating with the CURES IEWS should select between the implementation guides based upon the NCPDP Script Standard utilized by their HIT system.


Informational Documents

Application Documents