Your computer needs to have internet access and a browser (ex. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or Mozilla Firefox) and Acrobat reader 7.0 or higher. Below are links to obtain downloads for the above mentioned software:
Yes, prior to accessing CURES information all licensed healthcare prescribers, pharmacists authorized to dispense controlled substances, law enforcement and regulatory boards will have to register for access to the Prescription Monitoring Program System prior to receiving an authorization to log-in to the system.
Yes, CURES/PDMP access is only accorded to prescribers and dispensers, law enforcement investigators, and regulatory board staff who register for access to the Prescription Monitoring Program System. The registration application is initiated by electronic submission of a registration/certification form at https://pmp.doj.ca.gov/pmpreg/. Prescribers and dispensers complete the application process by submitting notarized (Jurat) copies of validating documentation including: Government ID; DEA Controlled Substance Registration Certificate; and State Medical License, State Pharmacy License, or pertinent professional license (i.e., Veterinarian, Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, etc.) to the Law Enforcement Support Program/PDMP, P.O. Box 160447, Sacramento, CA 95816.
If you’re a registered user you can log on to the database and view the last 12 months of controlled substance prescriptions for a patient. If you determine a pattern of excessive use or identify a patient that has multiple prescribers you can use caution in prescribing or dispensing future controlled substances to that patient. Another use of the database is to detect pharmacy errors or fraudulent use of your DEA registration.
The California Prescription Monitoring Program, CURES, is committed to assisting in the reduction of pharmaceutical drug diversion without affecting legitimate medical practice and patient care. The CURES system is designed to identify and deter drug abuse and diversion through accurate and rapid tracking of Schedules II – IV controlled substances. The CURES system is a viable preventive, investigative, and educational tool for the healthcare community, law enforcement, California regulatory boards, and educational researchers.
The CURES program provides patient activity reports (PAR) to the medical community, print out requests to outside law enforcement for assistance in investigations, specialized reports to researchers, and statistical data to determine drug trends either statewide or region specific.
CURES contains the patient name, date of birth, drug name, drug form, strength, quantity, pharmacy name, pharmacy number and prescriber information.
As defined in Health & Safety Code Section 11165(c) “CURES shall operate under existing provisions of law to safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of patients.” In July 2009, pre-registered users including prescribers, pharmacists, law enforcement, and regulatory boards will be able to access a patents prescription history in order to identify and prevent the potential abuse of prescription drugs. The Prescription Monitoring Program system provides patient activity reports in an effort to combat pharmaceutical drug diversion. The role of the Prescription Monitoring Program system trusts 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. Patent activity report information is available to licensed healthcare prescribers and pharmacists authorized to dispense controlled substances.
Data obtained from CURES shall only be provided to appropriate state, local and federal persons or public agencies for disciplinary, civil, or criminal purposes and to other agencies or entities as determined by the Department of Justice, for the purpose of educating practitioners and others in lieu of disciplinary, civil, or criminal actions. Data may be provided to public or private entities, as approved by the Department of Justice, for educational, peer review, statistical, or research purposes, provided that patient information, including any information that may identify the patient, is not compromised. Further, data disclosed to any individual or agency as described in this subdivision shall not be disclosed, sold, or transferred to any third party.
HIPAA 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 Monitoring Program System. US Department of Health and Human Services, HIPAA guidelines are located at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/index.html. These requirements include but are not limited to:
FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THESE, AND ALL OTHER APPLICABLE FEDERAL HIPAA AND STATE PRIVACY LAWS COULD LEAD TO DISCIPLINARY SANCTIONS WHICH MAY INCLUDE FINES AND CIVIL OR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.
The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs is responsible for administering prevention, treatment, and recovery services for alcohol, drug abuse, and gambling problems. You can access their website at:http://www.adp.cahwnet.gov/.
CURES Forms and other related information can be found on the CURES Program website at:
CURES/PDMP Program contact information:
California Department of Justice Law Enforcement Support Program/PDMP Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigative Services Box 160447 Sacramento, CA 95816