Compassionate Use Registry Physicians

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Texas Compassionate Use Act

What you need to know

Enacted by the Texas Legislature in 2015, Senate Bill 339 requires DPS to create a secure registry of neurologists who treat epilepsy for the purpose of recommending low-THC cannabis to patients who have been diagnosed with intractable epilepsy. The registry, known as Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT), is now open to neurologist registrations.

Patient access to qualified neurologists is key.

With such a narrow qualification set for participating neurologists, it’s important to get involved at the early stages of this program. Patients will have a difficult time identifying and connecting with neurologists that are qualified to participate in the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas. Our platform not only highlights the registered neurologists but facilitates the consultations. Patient access is our primary concern and with your help, we can ensure that patients get the advice they need on ALL of the available treatment options.

Ongoing followups are required.

The consistent monitoring of patients taking advantage of treatment options created by the Compassionate Use Act is going to be critical to the program’s long-term success. Cautious legislators are concerned that the program will turn into the unregulated “wild west” that was once the medical marijuana program in California. We want to ensure that through regular monthly consults, this program is insulated from the increased scrutiny that lax patient monitoring would surely create.

Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) Physician Registration

Step 1

Go to CURT registration website and fill out and submit the Physician Email Invitation and Validation form.

Step 2

You will receive an email from CURT with a link to begin registration process.

Step 3

Have your important documents prepared to provide in the following steps.

Step 4

Fill out your personal details including driver license number and DL audit number.

Step 5

Fill out and upload your medical board information and certification proof.

Step 6

Fill out your primary clinic physical and mailing addresses.

Final Step

Agree and acknowledge that all the information you provided is true and correct and submit form.

Next Steps

Upon approval or disapproval by Department personnel, you will receive an additional email notifying you of your status.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT)?

The Compassionate Use Registry of Texas (CURT) is the systems that allow physicians to register and recommend “Low-THC” cannabis to patients with intractable epilepsy. Once recommended, dispensing organizations search the patient in the system and dispense the medication.

2. Who needs to register in CURT?

Physicians who qualify under Texas Compassionate Use Act §169.002 and would like to recommend “Low-THC” cannabis for qualifying patients will need to register through CURT.

3. What are the qualifications for physicians to recommend low-THC cannabis?

Physician qualifications are outlined in the Texas Compassionate Use Act §169.002.

4. As a physician, I am concerned about providing a prescription for low-THC cannabis. Will the term "prescription" be changed to "recommendation?"

Texas Health and Safety Code Ch 487 refers to ‘prescriptions’ and creates an exemption from criminal offenses for those who obtain low-THC cannabis through a prescription issued under the Compassionate Use Act.  Definition of prescription is identified in the Texas Administrative Rule §12.1(9)

5. Can I delegate entering Patient information to my staff?

No. Only the registered practitioner is authorized to utilize the CURT account.

6. Does my patient need to see a secondary physician for the secondary consult in CURT?

No. It is not necessary for the secondary physician to have contact with the patient. The primary physician can discuss the patient’s condition with secondary physician for approval.

Stay informed. Get involved.

Thousands of patients need your help. If you're looking to make your mark on the future of healthcare, simply complete the form below and we will get back to you shortly.