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Alerts and Announcements

Published/Updated:Friday, January 29, 2016



Notice: All California-licensed health care practitioners authorized to prescribe Schedule II-IV controlled substance, and all pharmacists with an active license must be registered to use CURES before July 1, 2016. You must register for CURES access if you meet these criteria, even if you do not actively prescribe or dispense.


On January 8, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the upgraded Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System, also referred to as CURES 2.0.

CURES 2.0 offers a significantly improved user experience and increased functionality, including:

·      Allowing approved delegates to run patient report queries that prescribers and dispensers can access,

·      Sending peer-to-peer communications; and,

·      Receiving patient alerts.

For those without a secure browser, access to CURES 1.0 will continue; however, none of the new CURES 2.0 performance or functionality features will be available in CURES 1.0.

In order to access CURES 2.0, a new streamlined registration process has been implemented. This new process allows prescribers and dispensers to request and receive approval to access CURES entirely online.

For new users (those who have never accessed the CURES system):

·      Regardless of the browser you utilize, you must register for CURES access via a secure browser.

·      To register, visit, click on the registration link, and follow the instructions.

·      Only California-licensed prescribers and dispensers can register. You will need your state license information and prescribers must provide federal DEA license information to register. You must provide your information for CURES access specifically as directed by DOJ. This information will be verified with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the regulatory board issuing your license. Failure to provide accurate information may result in a delay of approval for accessing CURES.

·      Once you have been approved for CURES access by DOJ, you can access CURES 1.0 or 2.0 depending on which browser you utilize to query the system.

For existing CURES users:

•  If you do not utilize a secure browser, you can continue accessing CURES 1.0 on your current browser.

•  Regardless of what browser you will utilize, you will need to confirm your account with DOJ and update security information the first time you access CURES after January 8.

For those who have submitted a paper application to DOJ:

You can either apply for CURES access on a secure browser as a new user or continue to wait for processing and approval from DOJ for access to CURES, at which point, you can utilize either CURES 1.0 or 2.0 depending on your browser.


For more information on Cures 2.0 see

“Quick Hits” -->

Board/Committee Meetings -->

January 20-21 Meeting-->Agenda Items.  Agenda item #17A, page 232.

Update on SB361 (Hill):  Anti-microbial Stewardship

This bill would require a veterinarian who renews his or her license on or after January 1, 2018, to complete a minimum of one credit hour of continuing education on the judicious use of medically important antimicrobial drugs, as defined, every 4 years as part of the continuing education requirement.  The Veterinary Medical Board is working on how they will monitor licensees and ensure the one credit hour is completed upon renewal. 


Licensees should be aware that the hour is required and look for appropriate continuing education.  Programs are available at CVMA’s Pacific Veterinary Conference. 


Veterinary Compounding

On November 12, 2015, an Multidisciplinary (MDC) Subcommittee had a meeting with Virginia Herold, the Executive Officer of the Board of Pharmacy and Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Joshua Room to discuss a statutory proposal that would provide for limited drug compounding by veterinarians, and also address necessary compliance issues provided for in Pharmacy laws and regulations. At the meeting, the Subcommittee learned that the historical interpretation of CCR Section 1735.2 regarding restrictions on dispensing a 72-hour supply to a client/patient was not intended to be a dispensing restriction imposed on a veterinarian. Instead, the regulation defines a “reasonable quantity” of a compounded medication that may be furnished by a pharmacy to a veterinarian for in office use, or to dispense to their client/patient. Thus, the “reasonably quantity” is a formula used by pharmacies to supply prescribers and dispensers.


Shortly after the meeting, DAG Room prepared a draft proposal for review and consideration by the MDC.  CVMA has also presented this proposal to the House of Delegates and Board of Governors for input of members.  The proposal is available on the VMB website under the “Quick Hits” -->Board/Committee Meetings-->January 20-21 Meeting-->Agenda Items.  Agenda item #9C, page 56.


Animal Rehabilitation

In April 2015 the VMB adopted newly proposed regulations on animal rehabilitation that would require direct supervision by a California licensed veterinarian when rehabilitation procedures are performed on an animal by a California licensed physical therapist or registered veterinary technician.  In September 2015 there was a public hearing as required by law.  There were many groups who testified in support and who testified in opposition.  In October 2015 the VMB met again and heard more testimony from numerous groups and decided to send the regulations back to the MDC for review.  During this time a case was being heard by the US Supreme Court against the Board of Dental Examiners stating they had violated the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.  Due to this case being heard, it has caused concern with all State Boards.  At the January 2016 MDC meeting, more testimony was heard and the MDC voted to send back to the VMB.  The VMB voted to postpone any decisions and wait for the legislature to provide guidance during the Sunset Review process.  

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