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NPA issues guide to FMD for contractors

Community pharmacy needs clarity from the government on the funding that will be made available for implementing the Falsified Medicines Directive, the National Pharmacy Association said as it published its guide to the FMD.

The NPA said it issued the brief guide “in the light of growing concerns about a lack of publicly available information from official channels”. The Directive, which is aimed at tackling counterfeit medicines in the supply chain, comes into force on 9 February 2019.

NPA board member Raj Patel said: “As it stands, we are still awaiting crucial details from the government about the position post-Brexit and assurances on funding. This means that the pharmacy sector can’t yet make major investment decisions in relation to FMD. In turn, this makes a February 2019 implementation date challenging, to say the least. Unless the government fills the information gap soon, a challenging deadline will become an impossible deadline.”

The NPA advises contractors to check the FMD Source website for updates.




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