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BAPW: ‘No reason to be scared’ of EU anti-counterfeiting law

Martin Sawer: Stakeholders holding regular meetings to discuss implementation of the law

VIDEO: British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW) executive director Martin Sawer talks to C+D about the progress of EU anti-counterfeit legislation

Three years ahead of the UK implementation of EU anti-counterfeiting legislation - known as the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) - British Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers (BAPW) executive director Martin Sawer spoke to C+D about how it could affect pharmacists.


As part of the EU plans, pharmacists will be required to scan the barcodes of medicines packs at the point of dispensing from 2018. After a delegated act is published by the EU in September, the UK government would need to pick one of three potential IT suppliers to implement the system, Mr Sawer said at the BAPW’s annual conference last week (June 18). 



max falconer, Superintendent Pharmacist

No,no,no!! EPS was never properly understood by the PSNC who as usual rolled over at the behest of the NHS and willingly agreed and actively co-operated with its introduction. Pharmacies generally operated as well oiled machines, EPS has poured sand into the gearbox. So no more co-operating with government lunacy without proper funding. Yes, they will probably impose it on us but at least we won't be going willingly into another downgrading of patient care.

Stephen Walsh, Community pharmacist

I can see the extra workload that this great leap forward is going to cause. You think EPS is bad, just wait for this steaming pile to land. Yet more layers of added complexity.

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