Tuesday, Mar 15, 2016

All dentists who are authorized to prescribe, order, administer, furnish or dispense controlled substances must register in the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) by July 1 and have updated browsers to access the system. Dispensed controlled substance prescriptions are recorded in CURES, which allows prescribers to look up a patient's controlled substance current usage and past history.

Prescription drug monitoring programs are used in most states to aid prescribers and dispensers to identify fraudulent or drug-seeking activity by a patient. Dentists are strongly encouraged to consult CURES when considering a controlled substance prescription for a new patient or a patient suspected of drug dependency.

To access CURES 2.0, dentists are required to use Microsoft Internet Explorer Version 11.0 or greater, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari. Access to the current CURES 1.0 is available for now.  The Department of Justice says dentists must have up-to-date browsers within the first half of the year to regain access to the CURES database. Registration for CURES 2.0 is available on the CURES website, along with Frequently Asked Questions and Publications/Training Videos.

More information on the CURES 2.0 rollout is available at www.cda.org: