Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Medicines regulation and law

Majority of community pharmacies failed to meet FMD deadline, figures confirm

More than half of the community pharmacies in the UK did not meet the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) deadline for implementation, the body running the system in the UK has confirmed.

Figures published by SecurMed, the organisation that operates the UK National Medicines Verification System, which holds data from FMD-compliant medicine packs in the UK, show that 6,288 community pharmacies were compliant with FMD requirements on 12 February 2019, three days after the 9 February 2019 deadline. SecurMed estimates that there are 15,000 community pharmacies in the UK, meaning that approximately 42% are signed up to FMD.

The SecurMed figures also show that 285 hospital pharmacies were FMD compliant on 12 February 2019. This constitutes 63% of 450 hospital pharmacies in the UK, covering both the NHS and private sector.

A third of wholesalers holding a wholesale dealer’s licence (731 out of 2,150 [34%]) had signed up to FMD by 12 February 2019, while 12.5% of dispensing doctors (149 out of 1,200) also met the deadline.

Earlier in February 2019, SecurMed told The Pharmaceutical Journal that it expected less than half of pharmacies in the UK to meet the FMD deadline.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2019.20206183

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice is a unique, practical guide for healthcare professionals or carers. Covers a range of non-medicinal products suitable for use at home.

    £22.00Buy now
  • Community Pharmacy Handbook

    Community Pharmacy Handbook

    Community Pharmacy Handbook is a survival guide for community pharmacists and students, answering your practical questions. Includes case studies.

    £33.00Buy now

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Jobs you might like

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.