Effective January 1, 2019 Assembly Bill 1753 (Low, 2018) will require an additional improvement to controlled substance security prescription forms: the addition of a unique serialized number to each form in a format approved by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Thus, as of January 1, 2019:
(1) Each controlled substance security prescription form used for prescribing on or after that date must include a unique serialized number in an approved format (Health & Safety Code, section 11162.1, subdivision (a)(15)); and
(2) No person shall prescribe a controlled substance on or after that date, nor fill, compound, or dispense a prescription for a controlled substance written on or after that date, without this security feature (Health & Safety Code, section 11164, subdivision (a)).
Under the new statutes, the new security forms will be the exclusive means to write paper-controlled substance prescriptions as of January 1, 2019, and as of that date any prescription written on a controlled substance security prescription form that does not bear all of the 15 security features will be presumptively invalid.
The Board of Registered Nursing encourages you to order new forms with the new serial number requirement and utilize e-prescribing when applicable. Visit DOJ’s website here for more information.
The Controlled substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES), maintained by the Department of Justice (DOJ), tracks all Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances dispensed in California. CURES contains the following information: patient name, patient date of birth, patient address, prescriber name, prescriber DEA number, pharmacy name, pharmacy license number, date prescription was dispensed, prescription number, drug name, drug quantity and strength, and number of refills remaining.