HDA UK MEDIA AND POLITICAL BULLETIN – 2 August 2017
Multiples struggle to add scanners in every branch by 2019
Chemist and Druggist, Annabelle Collins, 1 August 2017
The Falsified Medicines Directive will require every pharmacy to implement pharmacy scanning systems by February 2019. However, pharmacies across the UK have said they do not have the “required level of detail” to adequately implement a system. Businesses say they are still in the “scoping” phase to examine feasibility and changes that may need to be implemented in supply chains. This phase also includes procurement decisions about what technology is going to be used to implement the FMD. This requires so much work that stakeholders have said a February 2019 deadline “is not realistic”. Chemist and Druggist had previously reported that the FMD is not compatible with the current ‘hub-and-spoke’ dispensing regime.
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