The UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy has issued new guidance for FMD early adopters. The presentation will help them train pharmacy teams to recognise the types of packs that will need scanning for verification and authentication, and the features they need to look out for, as well as the types of pack that will not need authentication.
The latter includes the vast majority of existing stock that does not carry the necessary safety features (both a 2D data matrix barcode and an anti-tampering device) – this can continue to be dispensed as normal. Products that are out-of-scope for FMD are also highlighted. These include non-prescription medicines, medical devices and specialist food supplements.
The guidance will be updated with new examples of the “right” and “wrong” types as the early adopter programme is extended.