Falsified medicines directive


Infographic showing how the falsified medicines directive (FMD) will work

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD): how it will workSubscription


The Falsified Medicines Directive will be rolled out in Europe from February 2019 to address the threat of fake medicines and will impact the entire supply chain


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One-year countdown to Falsified Medicines DirectiveSubscription


On Saturday 9 February 2019, the Falsified Medicines Directive will go live across Europe. On that date the entire pharmacy sector will be expected to adhere to the directive

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Falsified Medicines Directive: opportunity or obstacle?Subscription


[8] Details surrounding the UK’s implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) have been clouded by the prospect of Brexit. It is now clear that the FMD will go ahead, but there are mixed views as to whether or not it will offer an efficient way to secure the medicines supply chain.

The eight tray-filling cells on Celesio’s fully automated prescription assembly line.

Automated hub-and-spoke dispensing: technology set to transform the business model of community pharmacySubscription


A facility in Warrington is using automated assembly lines and robotics to prepare prescriptions for a handful of community pharmacies in the north of England. This new model of dispensing medicines challenges the traditional role of community pharmacies but could increase efficiences and reduce errors. It could also give pharmacists more time to deliver clinical services in the pharmacy setting.


Medicine pack with unique identifier anti-tampering device, FMD

Pharmacists need answers now on FMDSubscription

With less than six months to go until the Falsified Medicines Directive comes into force, pharmacists in the UK need to know how to prepare for its implementation and what financial impact it could have on their business.


Raj Patel, chair of the UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK

Pharmacists need to be on board with falsified medicines directiveSubscription

With less than a year to go, The Salvadore catches up with Raj Patel, chair of the UK falsified medicine directive working group for community pharmacy, and board member of SecurMed UK, the organisation implementing the medicines verification system in the UK

Aileen Bryson, RPS Scotland’s practice and policy lead

What is the Falsified Medicines Directive? Subscription


Aileen Bryson, practice and policy lead at RPS Scotland, speaks to Julia Robinson about the purpose of the Falsified Medicines Directive and how it will affect pharmacists in the UK.


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Bolton pharmacy claims to be first in UK to become FMD compliant

A pharmacy in Bolton says it is the first in the UK to become fully compliant with the requirements of the Falsified Medicines Directive.

Anti-tampering devices and unique identifiers on a medicine pack

No-deal Brexit presents risk for EU patients as well as UK, manufacturers' representatives say


Proposals for a no-deal Brexit put forward by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency would put patients in the EU at risk, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the UK Bioindustry Association have said.

Colourful blister packs of pharmaceutical pills

FMD anti-tampering device can be verified at any time while in the pharmacy, European Commission says


Pharmacy staff can verify a medicine pack’s physical anti-tampering device at any time, not only when the medicine is supplied to the patient, the European Commission has said.

Malcolm Harrison, chief executive of the Company Chemists Association

Pharmacy sector calls for moratorium on FMD sanctions at implementation


The pharmacy sector should be given a “period of grace” on sanctions after the Falsified Medicines Directive implementation date to allow for the new processes and procedures to be embedded in daily routines, the SalvaDore has said.

Someone using mobile phone

Mobile apps could offer cheap route to FMD compliance

Smartphones or tablet devices could be used by pharmacists instead of scanners to implement the Falsified Medicines Directive, manufacturers have claimed.

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