FMD Webinar Recording
We take a look at the what FMD means at a pharmacy level and walk through a demonstration of what our solution looks like in our Pharmacy Manager PMR.
There is a wealth of information about FMD – here is a selection of our favourite useful links
As falsified medicines become more sophisticated, the risk of them reaching patients in the EU increases. They represent a serious threat to global health and call for a comprehensive strategy both at European and international level.
The UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy website. FMD Source – the definitive source for authoritative and reliable information about the implementation by pharmacies of the European Falsified Medicines Directive in the UK.
The NPA has issued a brief guide to the EU Falsified Medicines Directive, in the light of growing concerns about a lack of publicly available information from official channels. The Directive, which has been introduced to reduce the risk of counterfeit medicines in the supply chain, comes into force on 9th February 2019.
Under the Directive, all new packs of prescription medicines placed on the market in Europe from February 2019 onwards will have to bear two safety features: a unique identifier (UI) in the form of a 2D data matrix (barcode) and an anti-tamper device (ATD).
Implementing ‘safety features’ under the Falsified Medicines Directive.
This consultation invites views on the proposed steps we intend to take to make sure the UK meets its obligations to transpose the ‘safety features’ provisions of the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD).
As a major supplier to Pharmacies in the UK, we have collated some of the most frequently asked questions
You also need to think about the process flow through your dispensary. Will you need to change the layout? If you don’t already have a barcode scanning facility on your counter then you will need to think about how this will be introduced. Is there space, power and networking for a scanning function in your prescription handover area? Think about your dispensing process, talk to your staff, look at your dispensary layout and engage with your PMR supplier.
Our PMR systems will be upgraded in plenty of time for FMD to accommodate barcode scanning functionality. We already have tried and tested barcode solutions in use in the marketplace with customers using barcode scanning for stock control and clinical checking.
As part of our solution the barcode will only need to be scanned once. This is because the unique serial number will be aggregated to the bag label barcode and automatically decommissioned as part of the handout process. We have also linked other activities to the scanning process to help make the workflow even more efficient, for example: accuracy checking.
There are essentially two options. The first is that the medicines are assembled and scanned as part of the label generation process, and the second is that labels are generated, followed by picking the products and scanning. There are pros and cons for both approaches, but the benefits of scanning include an accuracy check (to confirm that you have the right product), an expiry check and the option to record the batch number in case of a future drug recall. In either case, there are likely to be changes to your workflow, so SOPs will need to be reviewed.
Take a look at our webinar above for details on how we believe the barcode scanning functionality would be best incorporated into your pharmacy workflows.
Each medicine pack will have a small 2-D barcode (containing a unique serial number, batch number and expiry date) which will need to be scanned at some point in the assembly process. For many pharmacies, this will represent a significant change to their way of working and you need to be thinking about this now.
If you have any questions about FMD that haven’t been answered already, please ask us