Controlled Substance Utilization, Review and Evaluation System (CURES) and Controlled Substance Prescriptions
Note: Governor Brown has signed legislation that will delay implementation of the CURES registration requirements for pharmacists and prescribers that was set to take effect January 1, 2016. The new deadline is July 1, 2016. Effective July 1, 2016, all California licensed pharmacists must be registered to access CURES/PDMP. To register, please visit https://pmp.doj.ca.gov/pmpreg/.
CURES 2.0 Soft Launch and Phased Rollout
Update from July 1, 2015:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) are pleased to announce that the state’s new Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System – commonly referred to as “CURES 2.0” – went live on July 1, 2015. This upgraded prescription drug monitoring program features a variety of performance improvements and added functionality.
In order to ensure a smooth transition from the current system, CURES 2.0 will be rolled out to users in phases over the next several months, beginning with early adoption by a select group of users who currently use CURES and meet the CURES 2.0 security standards, including minimum browser specifications. DOJ is currently identifying prescribers and dispensers who meet these criteria and will contact and coordinate their enrollment into CURES 2.0. For all other current users, access to CURES 1.0 will not change and no action is needed at this time. For users and entities not currently enrolled in CURES, further notification will be provided in August as to the enrollment/registration process.
Practitioners and health systems should begin to prepare for universal adoption of the system by January 2016, at which point all users will be required to meet CURES 2.0’s security standards. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support of the CURES program.
Note: CURES 2.0 users will be required to use Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 11.0 or greater, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, or Safari when accessing the system.
CURES Application and Registration
Pre-registered prescribers and dispensers may obtain patient PARs directly on-line via the CURES PDMP Application.
To log into the system to obtain Patient Activity Reports (PARs): https://pmp.doj.ca.gov/pdmp/index.do.
Please visit the DOJ’s website at https://oag.ca.gov/cures-pdmp for more information and details on CURES 2.0.
Prescribers and dispensers may register for access to the online PDMP at https://pmp.doj.ca.gov/pmpreg/.
To aid pharmacists in meeting the July 1, 2016 deadline, the board is offering to assist in the registration of pharmacists. Pharmacists can register two ways:
1. Register via the Board of Pharmacy
You must start the process by going to the DOJ registration page and completing the online form, at the State of California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, https://pmp.doj.ca.gov/pmpreg/:
- Complete the online application form (be sure to click the “Submit” button): https://pmp.doj.ca.gov/pmpreg/
- Print the completed Department of Justice (DOJ) “PDMP Application Confirmation” form received in Step #1. Do not sign and date the form prior to coming to the Board of Pharmacy.
- Verify email via the DOJ verification email link within 72 hours of clicking the “Submit” button in Step #1. This email with the link will be sent to you once you complete/submit the online application. Please check your “Spam” box if you do not see this email.
- Attach a photocopy of the following to your Department of Justice (DOJ) “PDMP Application Confirmation” form:
- Your CA pharmacist pocket license
- Government issued photo ID (ex. Driver’s License or Passport)
- DEA controlled substances registration (if you possess one)
- Personally bring your original government issued photo ID and CA pharmacist pocket license, along with the application packet (from Step #4) to the Board of Pharmacy:
1625 N Market Blvd, N219
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone (916) 574-7900
A Board of Pharmacy employee will witness your signature and date here (in place of a notary) and send your application to the DOJ.
- A Confirmation from the DOJ takes the form of an email link to the password establishment routine. Once registrants complete this step, they have access to the system.
2. Pharmacists can go online to https://pmp.doj.ca.gov/pmpreg/ and complete and email the DOJ a notarized packet. Instructions are online at this website.
Please Note the Following:CURES passwords must be renewed every six weeks. If you forget your password, use the CAPTCHA function described at the end of the application.
Issues with CURES Data Submission?
Contact: Atlantic Associates, Inc. – CURES Prescription Data Collection Vendor
Online DEA Registration Verification of Prescribers
Pharmacists can log into the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s website using their own DEA license number and registration information, or the pharmacy’s DEA license number and registration information where they can verify the status and controlled substance writing authority for a particular prescriber’s DEA license number. Visit the website at https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/webforms/validateLogin.jsp. You must have a DEA license in order to access the system.
Online State Medical License Verification of Prescribers
Pharmacists and security prescription form vendors can use the following links to verify the license status and check for any restrictions placed on the State medical license of a prescriber:
- Medical Board of California
- Dental Board of California
- Naturopathic Medicine Committee
- Board of Optometry
- Osteopathic Medical Board of California
- Physician Assistant Board
- Board of Podiatric Medicine
- Board of Registered Nursing
- Veterinary Medical Board
- California State Board of Pharmacy
Controlled Substance Prescription Forms
Written prescriptions for all controlled substances, Schedules II – V, must be on a form obtained from a California-approved Security Prescription Printer. For a complete list of approved vendors authorized to print California controlled substance prescription forms, please visit the website at http://oag.ca.gov/security-printers/approved-list and click on View List. Prices for the prescription forms vary from different approved printers.
It is the pharmacist’s responsibility to ensure the validity of any controlled substances order. There are specific elements and security features these forms must possess. These features are specified in California Health and Safety Code section 11162.1: http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/agweb/pdfs/security-printers/hsc11162-1.pdf
California-Approved Controlled Substance Prescription Form Vendors
If you are a paper printing vendor, and wish to apply to become a California-approved controlled substance prescription pad vendor, please visit the Department of Justice’s website at http://oag.ca.gov/security-printers for an application, requirements, and guidelines for policies and procedures. The Security Prescription Printer Program can be reached via email at SecurityPrinter@doj.ca.gov or by calling (916) 227-3843.
Stolen or Fraudulent CA Security Prescription Forms
The Board of Pharmacy has a list of reported stolen or fraudulent prescription forms.
Please visit our webpage for reported stolen or fraudulent prescription forms: http://www.pharmacy.ca.gov/licensing/stolen_fraudulent_rx_forms.shtml
If you would like to report stolen or fraudulent use of prescription forms, please email email@example.com with the prescriber name(s), address, and details. Questions can also be directed to this email address.
E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances
E-prescribing of controlled substances is now authorized federally and in California for all Schedule II-V. Requirements can be found here:
For more information on Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/ecomm/e_rx/
CURES Information and Support (Department of Justice)
CURES Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 227-3843.