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California Sets New Rules for Accessing Prescription Drug Data

June 1, 2020, 11:02 PM

California took a step Monday toward full implementation of a 2019 law aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse.

The state’s Department of Justice published final regulations and a fact sheet to tighten how the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) can be used. The regulations, which go in effect July 1, lay out how doctors, law enforcement officials, and others can access a database that contains personal information on what prescriptions are giving to patients.

The CURES database was created in 1996 and upgraded in 2013 with funding from licensing fees as the opioid epidemic began to boil...

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