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Falsified medicines directive

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The Falsified Medicines Directive is a new law aimed at preventing fake medicines from entering the legal supply chain, which comes into force in February 2019. This special report from Jizak looks at how the directive is already affecting the way manufacturers and wholesalers package and verify medicines and is about to have a major impact on pharmacy dispensing and management, requiring pharmacists to update their systems and train their staff.

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

Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD): how it will workSubscription

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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

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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

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[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.

Editorial

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Falsified Medicines Directive is yet another casualty of BrexitSubscription

It is understandable that pharmacists are reluctant to buy expensive equipment and change their workflows to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive when the legislation may no longer apply after Brexit.

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.

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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, Jizak 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

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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.

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FMD alerts will change to be made more understandable

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Alert messages produced by the UK Falsified Medicines Directive hub are going to change to make them more understandable, SecurMed has said.

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FMD system goes down on its first working weekday

The computer system for the Falsified Medicines Directive crashed on the first weekday morning since after its 9 February 2019 launch.

Pharmacist scanning barcode QR FMD code

Pharmacy multiples to ensure FMD compliance 'as soon as practicably possible'

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Pharmacy multiples in the UK have admitted they are unlikely to be ready for full implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive before it comes into force across the EU on 9 February 2019.

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Less than half of UK pharmacies will be ready for FMD

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Exclusive: More than 50% of pharmacies in the UK are not expected to meet the Falsified Medicines Directive deadline, the body running the system in the UK has said.

Raj Patel, chair of the UK Falsified Medical Directive Working Group for Community Pharmacy

Pharmacy regulators likely to be 'pragmatic' when inspecting for FMD compliance

The UK Falsified Medicines Directive Working Group for Community Pharmacy has reassured pharmacists that regulatory inspections “will not focus unduly on any single issue” after the GPhC said pharmacy inspections will include FMD compliance.

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