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New Requirements for Security Prescription Forms and CURES Reporting – January 1, 2021

Security Prescription Forms – Starting January 1, 2021, a new state law requires 15 security elements to appear on California Security Prescription Forms. State law also requires California Security Prescription Forms to be printed by printers approved by the Department of Justice under the California Security Printer Program. For more information and FAQs, go to Licensees > Important Information for Licensees > Controlled Substances.

CURES Reporting – Starting January 1, 2021, the dispensing of a controlled substance must be reported to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) within one working day after the medication is released to the patient or the patient’s representative. Further, this law requires reporting of Schedule V drugs in addition to Schedules II, III, and IV.

COVID-19 Information

  • On January 27, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order that extends liability protections to specified licensees participating in the State’s vaccination administration program. It also directs the boards, bureaus and committees within the Department of Consumer Affairs that regulate healthcare professionals to prioritize certain investigations relating to vaccine administration. Read the full text of the Executive Order here:
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom has authorized new tax relief and grants to businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The California State Board of Pharmacy is encouraging licensees to determine their eligibility for relief, which includes Tax Relief for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19, $500 Million for New COVID Relief Grant for Small Business, and Increase Funding for the California Rebuilding Fund. For more information, read Governor Newsom’s news release or visit the Business and Employers section of the state’s website.

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