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California CURES System to Track Prescriptions for Controlled Substances Getting a Major Upgrade

Posted Sep 15 2009 10:21pm

Additional information is to be announced today to include a portal to make research and information gathering easier to navigate.  In it’s present image form it sometimes took days before a report could be generated and from what I am reading here with the use of the portal, the information is either available in real time or very close to it.  The wake of recent celebrity deaths has brought this need into focus of late with listings of prescription medications.  BD

From the Website:

Investigation & Enforcement

The CURES program works to identify and analyze CURES data for possible diversion of controlled substances. Criminal Intelligence Specialists analyze the data for possible diversion, compile intelligence to support their findings, and disseminate the referral to the appropriate DOJ/Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement field offices. Upon request, CURES also provides aid to local law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

Prevention & Intervention

The CURES program provides patient activity reports (PAR) in an effort to combat pharmaceutical drug diversion. The role of the CURES program trusts that well-informed practitioners can and will use their professional expertise to evaluate their patients’ care and assist patients who may be abusing controlled substances. PAR information is available to licensed healthcare practitioners and pharmacists.

State officials are set to unveil improvements to their prescription medication tracking system this morning, including the capability to instantly flag whether patients are abusing those drugs, an issue highlighted with the deaths of celebrities Anna Nicole Smith and Michael Jackson.

The Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, known as CURES, includes more than 100 million entries for controlled substances prescribed in California. But doctors and pharmacists had to wait days to find out whether a patient was seeking a prescription legitimately or not.

The upgraded system allows healthcare professionals to instantly track a broad range of controlled substances, including anti-anxiety medications, painkillers and sedatives through the Internet. It also gives law enforcement officials access to the database to combat prescription drug abuse.

In wake of Michael Jackson case, officials to unveil upgraded state prescription drug database | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times

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