On January 8, 2016, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) upgraded the state's prescription drug monitoring program database, the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES). The upgraded prescription drug monitoring system – commonly referred to as “CURES 2.0” – is available to all users in compliance with the system’s security requirements.
This upgraded database aims to significantly improve user experience and features a number of added functionalities, including the ability to delegate report queries and new practitioner-identified patient alerts.
CURES 2.0 requires a secure, up-to-date web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer version 11.0 or later, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome). While physicians still using older browsers have been routed to the old CURES 1.0 interface, effective March 5, 2017, CURES 1.0 will no longer be available and all remaining 1.0 users must update their web browers to access CURES 2.0.
Users who have not updated their browsers will no longer be redirected to the old system, but will instead view a message containing information as to why they cannot access the site with an unsecure browser.
All individuals practicing in California who possess both a state regulatory board license authorized to prescribe, dispense, furnish or order controlled substances and a Drug Enforcement Administration Controlled Substance Registration Certificate must be registered to use CURES. Existing CURES 1.0 users do not need to reregister, and will be able to access CURES 2.0 with their current user ID and password when using a supported browser. CMA will continue to monitor and provide updates to members about any future CURES-related developments.
Physicians who experience problems with the new system should contact the DOJ CURES Help Desk at (916) 227-3843 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Providers are also encouraged to report these technical issues to CMA's member service center by calling (800) 786-4262 or emailing email@example.com.
- The DOJ website contains user guides and training videos to help with navigating the new system and understanding CURES 2.0 features. You may find these educational materials at https://oag.ca.gov/cures/publications.
- On March 16, 2016, CMA hosted a webinar with DOJ staff to give physicians an overview of the registration process and key features of the newly upgraded system. Download the recorded webinar now for free.