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Falsified medicines directive

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The Falsified Medicines Directive is a new law aimed at preventing fake medicines from entering the legal supply chain, which comes into force in February 2019. This special report from The Pharmaceutical Journal looks at how the directive is already affecting the way manufacturers and wholesalers package and verify medicines and is about to have a major impact on pharmacy dispensing and management, requiring pharmacists to update their systems and train their staff.


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Falsified Medicines Directive is yet another casualty of BrexitSubscription

It is understandable that pharmacists are reluctant to buy expensive equipment and change their workflows to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive when the legislation may no longer apply after Brexit.

Medicine pack with unique identifier anti-tampering device, FMD

Pharmacists need answers now on FMDSubscription

With less than six months to go until the Falsified Medicines Directive comes into force, pharmacists in the UK need to know how to prepare for its implementation and what financial impact it could have on their business.


Jerome Bertin, general manager of SecurMed, which manages the UK’s medicines verification system,

It is time to enforce FMD compliance, says European Medicines Verification OrganisationSubscription


The body that runs the Falsified Medicines Directive says medicines regulators in individual countries should begin enforcing its compliance.

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FMD alerts will change to be made more understandableSubscription

By Kathy Oxtoby

Alert messages produced by the UK Falsified Medicines Directive hub are going to change to make them more understandable, SecurMed has said.

Pharmacist scanning QR barcode

FMD system goes down on its first working weekday Subscription

The computer system for the Falsified Medicines Directive crashed on the first weekday morning since after its 9 February 2019 launch.

Pharmacist scanning barcode QR FMD code

Pharmacy multiples to ensure FMD compliance 'as soon as practicably possible'Subscription


Pharmacy multiples in the UK have admitted they are unlikely to be ready for full implementation of the Falsified Medicines Directive before it comes into force across the EU on 9 February 2019.

FMD packs of medicines

Less than half of UK pharmacies will be ready for FMD Subscription


Exclusive: More than 50% of pharmacies in the UK are not expected to meet the Falsified Medicines Directive deadline, the body running the system in the UK has said.

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