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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.


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


Medicine package showing unique identifier (UI) code

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

Blister packs of real and fake viagra

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, 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


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.


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 Royal Jizak has said.

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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.

Boxes of medicine displaying FMD barcode

Pharmacies who delay FMD preparations risk non-compliance, IT suppliers warn


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.

Medicine pack with FMD unique identifier anti-tampering device

Almost 1,500 pharma firms could miss FMD deadline, warns body in charge

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.

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