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Assessment of medicine scanning law delayed by election

Martin Sawer: GPhC and MHRA will decide "movements in pharmacy" after consultation published
Martin Sawer: GPhC and MHRA will decide "movements in pharmacy" after consultation published

The government's impact assessment of placing medicine scanners in every pharmacy has been delayed by the general election, according to the Healthcare Distribution Association (HDA).

Under the falsified medicines directive (FMD), all community pharmacies in the UK will have to scan medicines at the point of dispensing by February 2019, as part of European anti-counterfeiting measures.

Speaking at the HDA’s annual conference last week (May 18), chief executive Martin Sawer told C+D he hopes the delayed impact assessment and a public consultation of the scanning law will be published over the summer.

“Some of the movements in pharmacy” would have to be decided by the General Pharmaceutical Council and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, once the government publishes its delayed consultation, he added.

Watch the video below to see more from Mr Sawer, including his explanation of why the FMD is coming into force.

How will the falsified medicines directive affect you?

Angela Channing, Community pharmacist

This is going to be absolute chaos combined with ETP as well. We use hundreds, maybe a thousand boxes a day. Will we have to scan 84 fortisips??  I predict a mass exodus of the over 55s with a good pension, and dispensers looking for jobs in aldi doing scanning for more money and less stress !  

Valentine Trodd, Community pharmacist

Just wondering how much all this is going to cost contractors? Scanners are only the tip of the iceberg. PMRs will require upgrades, operating systems will need replacing (many are still using XP), which will force a lot of people into hardware upgrades, etc. On top of this staff will need training and so on, so forth...

Uma Patel, Community pharmacist

Whilst there is a  problem of counterfeit medicine, the source is mainly the internet, not community pharmacy. The FMD is a sledge hammer to crack a nut which will burden the industry with huge cost at every level. This is driven by the the manufacturers who want to control the supply chain.It will not solve the problem of counterfiet medicines

Z ZZzzzz, Information Technology

As we are leaving the EU, why has this not been scrapped? If still required then drug companies should fund every part of any scheme. Pretty obvious really.

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

You're right.  We really shouldn't joke about the very real threat of counterfeit sandwiches entering the British supply chain....

Ben Merriman, Community pharmacist

Let's see if this impact assessment is worth the paper it's written on....

Andy Burrells, Community pharmacist

That's really unfair Ben. I think we should give their impact assessment a chance. If it doesn't work out, we can use it as primary evidence in court to do... nothing at all
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