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
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
 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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
Smartphones or tablet devices could be used by pharmacists instead of scanners to implement the Falsified Medicines Directive, manufacturers have claimed.
Falsified Medicines Directive suppliers have warned that pharmacies who wait until the last minute to purchase hardware could have to pay more, and may not receive their kit in time to comply with the regulations on implementation day.
Around 1,500 pharmaceutical companies are at risk of failure to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive because they have yet to start working with the European Medicines Verification Organisation, the body has warned.