Prescription Collection Posters
Two new posters have been produced for the prescription collection service, for use in your pharmacy window.
PGD – HPV Posters – [A4 size]
Two new posters have been produced for displaying in pharmacy windows if you are offering the HPV vaccine.
NPA brief guide to the EU Falsified Medicines Directive
A comprehensive resource in an FAQ format to help you understand the Falsified Medicines Directive, which comes into effect from March 29 2019.
What is it?
The EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive – or FMD for short – aims to reduce the risk of counterfeit products entering the medicine supply chain. It comes into force on February 9th 2019. All prescription medicine packs produced after that date must have a tamper evident seal and unique code. Packs will display a 2D barcode (data matrix) which will incorporate the unique code, along with the product code, batch number and expiry date.
What does it mean for pharmacies?
FMD means pharmacies will have to check that the tamper evident seal is intact, and scan the barcode on every pack to confirm that its unique code is held in the national database.
When do community pharmacies have to perform the checks?
The directive requires the scanning and tamper evident seal checking to take place at the time of supply to the public. The NPA and other pharmacy organisations have produced guidance proposing that the check should take place at some point from when a pack is picked, to when the patient (or their representative) receives the pack.
What sanctions regime is in place for FMD?
The NPA and other pharmacy organisations are working with the Department of Health and Social Care, MHRA and the GPhC seeking to ensure that any sanction for non-compliance will be applied fairly and proportionately.…