Update to FMD error messages and alerts

The UK Community Pharmacy FMD Working Group has published an updated version of its FMD – error and alert messages (for pharmacy and wholesale) flowchart.

The chart looks specifically at handling of alert messages and is intended to inform wider discussions on implementing FMD, including amending Standard Operating Procedures. It will link with other industry guidance on the assessment of suspect packs once an alert has been raised and professional guidance on ethical decision making related to FMD.

Amendments have been made this month so that the chart represents current thinking at this point and the documentation has been added to a new section of the FMD Source website.

The updated chart and accompanying guidance notes are based on a workshop held at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Weybridge, on 5th September and subsequent discussions with relevant experts.

However, the chart is a working document and will be updated in light of feedback and experience. Comments and feedback are therefore encouraged and can be sent to jonathan.buisson@wba.com

UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy responds to MHRA consultation on FMD

The UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy has responded to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) consultation on implementing safety features under FMD.

The response is available from the National Pharmacy Association press office and will be posted on the working group’s website.

Speaking after a meeting of the working group, where the response was finalised, working group chair Raj Patel, said:

“The working group’s position has not changed and we urge people to engage with FMD. The community pharmacy sector needs to move quickly.

“Irrespective of any Brexit confusion and whatever our post-Brexit position might be, we need to have a viable solution by the February 9 deadline.

“FMD aims to make medicine falsification detectable and uneconomic. We recognise contractors will need to make substantial time and investment, but it is important that community pharmacy meets its obligations.

“I urge all community pharmacies to start planning for FMD now.”

Read the consultation response in full