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October 11, 2016

Governor Brown signs bill SB 482, which obligates controlled substances prescribers to consult CURES

This bill requires a health care practitioner authorized to prescribe, order, administer, or furnish a controlled substance to consult the CURES database to review a patient’s controlled substance history no earlier than 24 hours, or the previous business day, before prescribing a Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV controlled substance to the patient for the first time and at least once every 4 months thereafter if the substance remains part of the treatment of the patient. Learn more.

A weblink to the CURES database will be available in EPIC for easy access on October 19th – EPIC Knowledge Base Article

3 thoughts on “Governor Brown signs bill SB 482, which obligates controlled substances prescribers to consult CURES

  • john good says:

    In FMO and EBFP we’ve been trying to find out when this new law goes into effect and have received responses ranging from “already in effect” to 1/1/17; to 6 months after CURES certified as staffed and functioning at level required to comply with the new law.
    Do you know the real answer?

    • Michael Kim, MD says:

      I believe it is currently in effect. I have not seen anything that says this specifically, but everything I have read says has been signed into law.

  • Michael Kim says:

    Reading this law more in detail, it states that this requirement will not go into effect until 6 months after the Department of Justice certifies that the CURES database is ready. Therefore, this is not a requirement yet, but the DOJ certification is expected to occur soon, and therefore, this requirement is expected in about 6 months.

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