Prescription Drug Monitoring-C.U.R.E.S.


Now that you've registered for CURES, what happens? This article will give you more information.



Prescribers who hold a DEA Controlled Substance Registration Certificate must register to use CURES 2.0 (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) by Jan. 1, 2016. A fully automated registration is being rolled out to prescribers with compliant browsers beginning Sept. 1. Prescribers do need to update or install a browser compatible with the CURES 2.0 system (Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 11.0 or greater, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome or Safari) because CURES 1.0 will eventually be discontinued.

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. (for the complete document, click here)

Update January 2016:

The CURES enrollment deadline for providers has officially been pushed back from Jan. 1 to July 1 of 2016. The change comes after the governor signed AB 679 (Allen). The bill was amended late in the legislative session due to concern that the most recent Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) update has fallen behind schedule. The CURES 2.0 system was planned to be in use by July 1 of this year, yet the system is still not fully operational. The delay will give the Department of Justice (DOJ) time to finalize CURES 2.0 and for providers to enroll.


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