With 100 days to go before the February 9 deadline for the Falsified Medicines Directive, community pharmacies should not delay in ensuring they are FMD-ready, the National Pharmacy Association has said (Thursday November 1).

The NPA says it is providing detailed advice on preparing for FMD, including a webinar, as well as “arranging favourable prices for members” on hardware and software.

Some of the NPA’s dispensing standard operating procedures (SOPs) will also be updated to help members prepare for the Directive.

The NPA is advising members to take steps such as examining workflows and procuring an FMD system that fits their pharmacy’s individual needs.

MHRA has said that if the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 without a deal and with no agreement on the post-Brexit transition period, FMD will have to be revoked. However, there is no possibility of deferring or revoking the UK’s FMD obligations prior to the February deadline.

NPA head of corporate affairs Gareth Jones acknowledged this uncertainty but stressed: “Just because we don’t know everything doesn’t mean pharmacies can’t do anything to get ready. The NPA will be working hard in the weeks ahead to provide as much information on FMD as possible in a bid to help members get prepared.

“With only 100 days to go, we are advising members to start planning now and not to delay preparations. While Brexit creates uncertainty it won’t stop FMD coming live on February 9. We do, however, advise caution around long-term contract due to the uncertainty.”

Recommended

PSNC Dukes: Better pharmacy contract “an absolute priority”

Formal negotiations for the 2019-20 community pharmacy contract began in recent weeks, Mr Dukes said, adding that PSNC &...

GSK switches to reduced wholesale distribution

GSK UK Pharmaceuticals has said that from 1 November 2018 it will change its direct-to-pharmacy distribution model to a ...




This website is for healthcare professionals, people who work in pharmacy and pharmacy students. By clicking into any content, you confirm this describes you and that you agree to Pharmacy Magazine's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

We use essential, performance, functional and advertising cookies to give you a better web experience. Find out how to manage these cookies here. We also use Interest Based Advertising Cookies to display relevant advertisements on this and other websites based on your viewing behaviour. By clicking "Accept" you agree to the use of these Cookies and our Cookie Policy.