ALERT: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021 – Revised Reporting Requirements for Controlled Substances
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. (Previously, the deadline to report was seven days after dispensing.)
Further, this law requires reporting the dispensing of Schedule V drugs, in addition to Schedules II, III, and IV. This requirement applies to pharmacists and prescribers who dispense controlled substances.
Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) and Controlled Substance Prescriptions
On April 2, 2018, the California Department of Justice certified CURES is ready for statewide use. Pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 11165.4(e), beginning Oct. 2, 2018, certain health care practitioners must consult CURES before prescribing a Schedule II, III or IV controlled substance. The consultation requirement does NOT apply to pharmacists.
For information about the CURES consultation requirement, see:
- CURES Mandatory Use Begins Oct. 2, 2018 – Flyer by the Medical Board of California.
- CURES 2.0 Certification – Announcement by the Department of Justice.
- Medical Board of California CURES webpage
CURES Information and Support (Department of Justice)
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 210-3187
For data submission instructions or assistance with transmission issues, please 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. The pharmacy 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 License Verification
- Dental Board of California License Verification
- Naturopathic Medicine Committee License Verification
- Board of Optometry License Verification
- Osteopathic Medical Board of California License Verification
- Physician Assistant Board License Verification
- Board of Podiatric Medicine License Verification
- Board of Registered Nursing License Verification
- Veterinary Medical Board License Verification
- California State Board of Pharmacy License Verification
Controlled Substance Prescription Forms
Written prescriptions for controlled substances in 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
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 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) 210-3216.
Reporting Lost or Stolen Prescription Forms
Prescribers must report lost or stolen prescription forms to local law enforcement officials and to CURES. Prescribers can report a loss online through their CURES account. A law enforcement agency report number is required when reporting the loss to CURES.
For questions about reporting lost or stolen prescription forms, contact the Security Prescription Printer Program at SecurityPrinter@doj.ca.gov
E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances
E-prescribing of controlled substances is now authorized federally and in California for all Schedule II-V medications.For more information on Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances