Actions to take now 

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CONTACT your pharmacy software system supplier (PMR supplier):

  • Will they be producing an FMD-compliant system? If so, when will it become available?
  • Will new hardware become available, such as scanners? If so, will they be providing it?

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LOOK at your pharmacy:

  • When, where and how will you carry out anti-tamper checks and verification or decommissioning scans?
  • Where will your new equipment go? Do your facilities need upgrading (power outlets, Wi-Fi)?
  • How will this fit into your existing workflow? What standard operating procedures will need to be updated?

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TALK to your team members and tell them about the changes:

  • When will the changes happen? What will they need to do?
  • What training will they need and when will it be provided?
  • Will you offer the training yourself? Or will you look for support from pharmacy associations or your wholesaler?
  • What do you need to tell your patients and customers?

Have you considered creating a project plan?

Why not make a list of everything you need to do to become FMD ready? Plan who will be responsible for completing each task, giving clear deadlines.

 

Actions to take later

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INSTALL new or upgraded pharmacy software and any new hardware.
Ensure you have a plan for testing it and make sure spare equipment is easily available.

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ENSURE your pharmacy gets connected to the National Medicines Verification System and completes any necessary security validation and connection testing before the deadline.

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UPDATE your pharmacy's standard operating procedures and ways of working, including any processes for dealing with incidents, alerts and packs that cannot be scanned.

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TRAIN your team members on the new procedures and systems, as well as the processes for handling incidents and alerts.

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TALK to your patients and customers. Let them know about the European Falsified Medicines Directive and explain why it helps to keep them safe.

Useful FMD resources: