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Ensure that no counterfeit medicines enter the supply chain


Thanks to Peter McAuley for raising some important points relating to the introduction of the EU's Falsified Medicines Directive. It beggars belief that many Pharmacists remain blissfully unaware of the revolution in practice that the FMD will demand. As previous contributors have pointed out: FMD promises much but before that huge potential is realised : I fear that much damage may result from the inflexibility of FMD protocols and controls: to a large extent, Pharmacists will be hamstrung in the delivery of Pharmaceutical Care and hence collateral damage to our customers and patients may be unavoidable (at least, in the initial stages). I can only hope that UK and Irish Pharmacists and specifically, those in leadership roles at GPhC and at RPS can lobby those in Authority (in respect of the implementation of FMD). Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care is a fragile and complex flower and FMD protocols implemented in a rigid fashion may inhibit all our efforts to achieve such excellence. We must seek to exploit all the benefits that FMD may offer but not at the price of short changing those whom we serve. Yours Sincerely, Tom Taaffe (MPSI) Ennis, Co Clare , Ireland

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21 AUG 2014

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