Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES),
California Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

The California Department of Justice, has a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) system which allows pre-registered users including licensed healthcare prescribers eligible to prescribe controlled substances, pharmacists authorized to dispense controlled substances, law enforcement, and regulatory boards to access timely patient controlled substance history information.

The California Attorney General’s Office said that if doctors and pharmacies have access to controlled substance history information at the point of care it will help them make better prescribing decisions and cut down on prescription drug abuse in California. The role of the CURES/PDMP entrusts that well informed prescribers and pharmacists can and will use their professional expertise to evaluate their patients care and assist those patients who may be abusing controlled substances.

The state’s database known as the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (C.U.R.E.S) contains over 100 million entries of controlled substance drugs that were dispensed in California. Each year the CURES program responds to more that 60,000 requests from practitioners and pharmacists. The online CURES/PDMP system will make it much easier for authorized prescribers and pharmacists to quickly review controlled substance information via the automated Patient Activity Report (PAR) in an effort to identify and deter drug abuse and diversion through accurate and rapid tracking of Schedule II through IV controlled substances.

CURES/PDMP is committed to assisting in the reduction of pharmaceutical drug diversion without affecting legitimate medical practice or patient care. The CURES/PDMP is a valuable investigative, preventive, and educational tool for law enforcement, regulatory boards, educational researchers, and the healthcare community.

In order to obtain access to the CURES/PDMP system, Prescribers and Pharmacists must first register with CURES/PDMP by submitting an application form electronically. In addition, your registration must be followed up with a signed copy of your application and notarized copies of your validating documentation which includes: Drug Enforcement Administration Registration, State Medical License or State Pharmacy License, and a government issued identification. You can mail your application and notarized documents to:

Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigative Services
Attn: PDMP Registration
P.O. Box 160447
Sacramento, CA 95816

Dissemination or distribution of CURES/PDMP information to anyone other than the registered user is strictly prohibited. Disciplinary, civil or criminal actions will be taken by the Department of Justice and/or appropriate Regulatory Board for any misuse or inappropriate accessing of patient data.

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1966 (HIPAA), Health Information Privacy, Security Rules and all confidentiality and disclosure provisions of California Law cover the information contained in this database. All users must comply with HIPAA Privacy Rule Requirements when using the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program System. Find the US Department of Health and Human Services’ HIPAA guidelines.

CURES Data

The CURES/PDMP program assists with the analysis of data for possible diversion of controlled substances. Upon request, CURES/PDMP will provide various reports to the local law enforcement, regulatory boards and researchers to aid in investigations and to assist with the tracking and monitoring of general trends in the use of Schedule II-IV controlled substances.

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