California moves to more secure prescription drug database

Dec 22, 2015 6:41 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California doctors, pharmacists and other health care providers will soon be using a faster and more secure database designed to prevent overdoses and illegal sales of prescription drugs.

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Tuesday that providers who log in with secure web browsers starting Jan. 8 will be using the new version of the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System, known as CURES.

It helps ensure patients don't get narcotics from multiple physicians or take harmful combinations of drugs.

The roll-out was delayed six months after the California Medical Association objected that doctors using older browsers couldn't log in.

Harris is sending a letter to providers emphasizing the need for up-to-date software to protect patients' privacy.

The medical association says it will watch to see if doctors are affected.

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