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Frequently Asked Questions

What information may be obtained from CURES?

CURES stores and maintains Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substance prescription information reported as dispensed in California. CURES contains the following information: patient name, patient date of birth, patient address, prescriber name, prescriber DEA number, pharmacy name, pharmacy license number, date prescription was filled, prescription number, drug name, drug quantity and strength, and number of refills remaining.

Who has access to CURES information?

As outlined in California Health & Safety (H&S) Code §11165.1(a)(1)(A), prescribers authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish, or dispense Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV controlled substances and pharmacists may have access to CURES data for patient care purposes. On Sept. 27, 2013, Senate Bill 809 passed requiring prescribers and pharmacists to apply for CURES access by January 1, 2016.

Additionally, pursuant to H&S Code §11165(c)(2), CURES data is also available to appropriate state, local, and federal public agencies, law enforcement, and regulatory boards for disciplinary, civil, or criminal purposes. The Department of Justice may also provide data to other agencies and entities, as determined by the Department of Justice, for educational, peer review, statistical, or research purposes, provided that patient identity information is not disclosed.

What do I do if the information in CURES is not correct?

Data contained in CURES is reported to DOJ by pharmacies and direct dispensers. If you are a patient with incorrect information on your CURES report, please notify the reporting pharmacy of the error. Any error reported to CURES may be submitted for correction to DOJ only by the original reporting pharmacy or dispenser. For information on how to submit controlled substance prescription data or data corrections, pharmacies and direct dispensers may contact Atlantic Associates, Inc. by email at CACures@aainh.com or by phone at (800) 539-3370.

What should I do if I suspect my patient may be "doctor shopping"?

Work with your patient to obtain the help they may need. Refer to the Medical Board of California "Guidelines for Prescribing Controlled Substances for Pain, pdf" and the California Department of Health Care Services, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Services for assistance in your county.

If I am an out-of-state doctor may I request a PAR?

Yes, if we can verify your DEA number and the person is under your care.

How do I contact the CURES Program?

P.O. Box 160447
Sacramento, CA 95816

PDMP Contact Information:

  • Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigative Services
  • P.O. Box 160447
    Sacramento, CA 95816

Please Note:

Regrettably, due to budgetary restrictions, facsimile submissions of Patient Activity Report (PAR) requests can no longer be accepted.

Pre-registered prescribers and dispensers may obtain PARs directly on-line via the PDMP Application.

Prescribers and dispensers can initiate application for CURES/PDMP system access by clicking on the PDMP Registration link on the right-hand column of this page.

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