New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

July 27 2018 A new law will increase the possible sentencing of someone who commits common...

Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

July 27 2018 Certain cannabis-derived products will be reclassified as Class 2 medicinal...

Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

July 24 2018 A review of prescribed medicines looking at the evidence of dependence and...

AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

July 18 2018 Community pharmacists should be among those health professionals who are alerted to...

APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

July 18 2018 The Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK is questioning a survey on pharmacy...

  • New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

    New law strengthens punishment for assaulting health sector workers

    Friday, 27 July 2018 16:08
  • Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

    Home Office gives go ahead to allow cannabis-derived medicinal products on prescription

    Friday, 27 July 2018 15:58
  • Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

    Review on prescribed medicines sets out scope and terms of reference

    Tuesday, 24 July 2018 12:30
  • AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

    AMs recommend that pharmacists have access to palliative care data in Wales

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:41
  • APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

    APTUK questions claims about pharmacy technicians’ desire to supervise medicines supplies

    Wednesday, 18 July 2018 17:17

Umesh Modi is a chartered accountant, and Pamini Jatheeskumar is a chartered certified accountant at Silver Levene...
  Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead...
Don Lavoie is alcohol programme manager at Public Health England and Gul Root is lead pharmacist, Health and Wellbeing Directorate, Public Health England
More inWhite Papers  

a pharmacist dispensary shelves imageFebruary 2 2018

Details of what some of the practical implications of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) will mean for community pharmacy have been published.

The UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy has said that from February 9 2019 pharmacy contractors will need to carry out checks on medicines as part of the dispensing process. This will include:

  • a simple visual inspection to check the anti-tampering device (ATD) to ensure it is intact prior to dispensing;
  • scanning the 2D-barcode on each pack of dispensed medicine so that the supply can be recorded in the UK’s National Medicines Verification System as having been supplied. This will mean that the product status will be changed on the central record from “active” to “inactive—supplied”.

The FMD is a European Union Directive intended to make the medicines supply chain is secure. It will mean medicines are tracked throughout the supply process from manufacture, through wholesaler distribution channels to the point of supply to the patient in the pharmacy. In preparing to implement the FMD, “there is much work still to do to ensure community pharmacy is ready,” said the UK FMD Working Group.

Among the aspects that will need to be in place are:

  • updating IT systems and associated hardware;
  • connecting community pharmacies to the verification system (‘registration/on-boarding’);
  • revising workflows and standard operating procedures;
  • training staff;
  • providing patient information.

UK FMD’s guidance, ‘The way forward for FMD in community pharmacy’, says that further information will be published once known, but at the moment there are still a number of assumptions being made about the implementation of the Directive.

It notes: “Manufacturers are beginning to change production to incorporate the new 2D data matrix barcodes on their packs but it is expected that there will still be a considerable volume of older products in stock and in the supply chain and a long transition period is expected.”

The October 2017 issue of Today’s Pharmacist magazine carried an article on the background to the FMD and what it is expected to entail.

Links:
UK FMD announcement           
UK FMD ‘The way forward for FMD in community pharmacy’ January 2018         
Today's Pharmacist 'The state of play with FMD'. Published October 2017.

Legal & Policy News

July 31 2018 General practices employing pharmacists are citing improved capacity to see patients and workload changes as the main benefits of the scheme.
July 25 2018 Switching to sulfonylureas in type 2 diabetes has been linked with an increased risk of complications compared with staying on metformin, a BMJ study has concluded. However, the study has...