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To serve the public and licensed naturopathic doctors through the promotion and enforcement of laws and regulations which protect the health and safety of Californians, thus ensuring access to high quality naturopathic medical care.

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Alert Alert:

NEW: Prescribing and Reporting Rules for Controlled Substances Effective January 1, 2021.

Starting January 1, 2021, new laws will impact licensees who prescribe and/or furnish controlled substances.

1. Updated Prescription Pad Security Requirements - starting January 1, 2021, California state law requires 15 security elements to appear on California Security Prescription Forms, the forms which replaced the triplicate prescription form. State law also requires California Security Prescription Forms to be produced by printers licensed by the California Department of Justice: California Security Prescription Printers Program. For more information, visit: Are Your Prescription Forms Compliant?

2. Revised Reporting Requirements for Controlled Substances – starting January 1, 2021, the dispensing of a controlled substance must be reported to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) within one working day after the medication is released to the patient or the patient’s representative. Previously, the deadline to report was seven days after dispensing. Further, this law requires reporting of Schedule V drugs, in addition to Schedules II, III, and IV. This requirement applies to pharmacists and prescribers who dispense controlled substances.

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NEW: Hospital and Healthcare Providers Cyber Attacks
The Naturopathic Medicine Committee would like to notify you that the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Department of Health and Human Services have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. The Naturopathic Medicine Committee is sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats. Please see additional information at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency website: https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-302a.

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The Committee is aware that many live Continuing Education (CE) course events have been canceled in an effort to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus. Licensees who have been affected by CE course cancelations, please email the Committee at naturopathic@dca.ca.gov.

NEW You were required to register for CURES 2.0 by July 1, 2016. If you have not, please do so immediately at https://oag.ca.gov/cures

NOTICE: Independent Prescribing of Hormones by Licensed Naturopathic Doctors

Potential license denial or suspension for failure to pay taxes

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CURES – New Requirements:

ALERT - EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2021 - Revised Reporting Requirements for Controlled Substances – starting January 1, 2021, the dispensing of a controlled substance must be reported to the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) within one working day after the medication is released to the patient or the patient’s representative. Previously, the deadline to report was seven days after dispensing. Further, this law requires reporting the dispensing of Schedule V drugs, in addition to Schedules II, III, and IV. This requirement applies to pharmacists and prescribers who dispense controlled substances.

CURES Mandatory Use Began October 2, 2018

Notice: All California-licensed health care practitioners, including Naturopathic Doctors, who are authorized to prescribe Schedule II-IV controlled substance, and all pharmacists with an active license must be registered to use CURES before July 1, 2016. You must register for CURES access if you meet these criteria, even if you do not actively prescribe or dispense.

On January 8, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released the upgraded Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System, also referred to as CURES 2.0. Please click here for more information.

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