Revealed: Less than half of pharmacies are registered with central UK FMD hub

Less than half of community pharmacies are registered with the UK’s central Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) hub, The Pharmacist has learned. Just over 6,000 (6,288) of around 14,000 UK pharmacies are fully registered with SecurMed, according to weekly statistics posted on its website on Tuesday (12 February). Another 3,000 pharmacies are in the process of…
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EXCLUSIVE: Continue FMD preparations ‘with appropriate caution’ due to no-deal Brexit fears, warns NHS England

Fears that the UK is heading towards a no-deal Brexit mean pharmacists should continue preparing for the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) ‘with appropriate caution’, NHS England has warned. The directive, which came into force last Saturday (9 February), is a pan-European regulation that requires pharmacies to decommission and verify the authenticity of medicines using barcode…
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The FMD diaries: Week one – ‘It’s going to be another week before we can start decommissioning medicines’

Al Patel, contractor at Lee Pharmacy in south east London, reports on how his staff have been progressing with the introduction of the Falsified Medicines Directive   Overall there’s been little progress from last week. All the equipment is in place, but we can’t seem to sign up. We received our password in the post,…
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Manufacturers: no-deal Brexit would be ‘a travesty’ due to revoked FMD system

Medicines manufacturers have warned that a no-deal Brexit ‘makes no sense’ because the UK would no longer be a part of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD). The Europe-wide anti-counterfeiting legislation, due to come into force this weekend (9 February) will see everyone in the supply chain – from manufacturers and retailers, to pharmacies, GPs and…
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Dispense most medicines even if FMD software flags potential problem, NPA advises

Most medicines can still be dispensed even if they return an alert from the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) database, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has advised. The FMD is a series of European anti-counterfeiting measures that will see pharmacists scan packs of medication to very their authenticity before they are dispensed. It comes into effect…
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The FMD diaries: One week to go – ‘I’m less anxious as the deadline approaches’

Al Patel, contractor at Lee Pharmacy in south east London, reports on how his staff have been preparing for the introduction of the Falsified Medicines Directive It’s the final week before the FMD deadline and we’ve done everything we can to prepare. Last week there were two main developments. First, the Medicines and Healthcare products…
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Why independents will be the small but mighty force behind FMD compliance

Our editor-in-chief Beth Kennedy on why independents will be the victors in the countdown to FMD Day   Wow, those three years since the final arrangements for the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) were agreed – starting a compliance countdown that ends on Saturday (9 February) – sure have flown by. With no national implementation plan…
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The FMD diaries: Two weeks to go – ‘Our barcode scanners still haven’t arrived’

Al Patel, contractor at Lee Pharmacy in south east London, reports on how his staff have been preparing for the introduction of the Falsified Medicines Directive At the moment, there are a lot of concerns being expressed over the effect a no-deal Brexit could have and whether this is going to have some kind of…
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Pharmacists should be FMD compliant in time for deadline despite packaging delays, working group warns

Pharmacists must work towards full compliance with the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) deadline despite implementation delays in the supply chain, pharmacy bodies have said. The UK FMD working group for community pharmacy said there will be a ‘significant quantities’ of medicines without the FMD safety features – including a 2D barcode and anti-tamper device –…
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The FMD diaries: Three weeks to go – ‘There’s still some nervousness among our staff’

Al Patel, contractor at Lee Pharmacy in south east London, reports on how his staff have been preparing for the introduction of the Falsified Medicines Directive Last week, we introduced a timeline of things that need to be done before the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) deadline because it’s only one of the bits and pieces…
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