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Aug 16 2016

Coming soon: Mandatory registration with state controlled substances database

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The state appropriations bill includes a provision to require mandatory registration with the NC Controlled Substances Reporting System (NCCSRS) of all licensed medical professionals who are authorized to prescribe controlled substances. Licensees would be required to register for access to the NCCSRS within 30 days of issuance or annual renewal of their NC professional license. The requirement will not be in effect until NCCSRS completes certain technical upgrades and the system is fully operational within the NC Department of Health and Human Services and connected to the statewide health information exchange.

However, there’s no need to wait to register. NCMB encourages all controlled substances prescribers to register for access to NCCSRS and regularly use the system to monitor patients’ prescription histories. The database is a valuable tool that can help prescribers avoid inappropriately prescribing to a patient who is abusing or diverting medications. Yet, according to the system’s administrators, well under half of NC prescribers who hold valid DEA registrations are currently registered for access. To make signing up for access easier, NCMB built an online NCCSRS registration form that allows licensees to register through their licensee information page, or during annual license renewal.

Click here to login to your licensee information page. Once logged in select training and CSRS to register.

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