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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: California State Profile (2021)

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The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center (PDMP TTAC) reports 2020 data and 2021 features of the California State PDMP.


California’s PDMP name is CURES, which is managed by the California Department of Justice. The email address is provided, along with website URLs for the PDMP, enrollment, query, and data upload. Contact information is provided for the DOJ Administrator II and the CURES Program Manager. The state population for 2020 was 39,576,757. DEA-registered prescribers were 203,301, and DEA=registered dispensers were 6,662. There are 17 PDMP available reports. The PDMP funding source is licensing fees. The PDMP staff  for 2021 consists of 12 operational employees, 5 technical workers, and 6 employees for analytical/epidemiological tasks. For policies and procedures, this report provides key PDMP dates, sources for relevant statutes and rules, and miscellaneous capabilities and policies. California has a PDMP data-retention policy that includes the retention of de-identified data.  PDMP training in  operations and responsibilities is available for prescribers, dispensers, law enforcement, and the regulatory board. Law enforcement access to PDMP data requires either a subpoena, court order/approval, or a search warrant. Law enforcement access methods are an online web portal or a written request for data. Criteria to query the PDMP data are reported. PDMP enrollment is required for prescribers and dispensers of prescription drugs. Use is required for prescribers. There are policies regarding reporting of drug-related data prescribed by veterinarians. The data monitored or accessible pertains to drugs listed in schedules II-V. Technological capabilities are reported for ASAP versions accepted; electronic data transmission; required data transmitters; data collection, storage, generation, and access; and patient matching. Requestors and reports authorized for production and those being produced are listed.

Date Published: January 1, 2021