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Writing to national member associations, EAHP President Joan Peppard has encouraged hospital pharmacists in all EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries to take time to familiarise themselves with the forthcoming impacts to practice arising from the 2011 Falsified Medicines Directive and ensure hospital pharmacy representation at the national level on the issue.
The Directive will bring about a new system in which all packages of medicine will be given a ‘unique identifier’ via a two-dimensional (2D) barcode on the outer packaging. This will be placed on the packaging at the manufacturing level, and the serialisation code then ‘checked in’ to a repository marking the package as legitimate. Importantly for hospital pharmacy, this code must then be ‘checked out’ at the end of the supply chain, before the medicine is dispensed or administered to patients. This scan both assures the pharmacist that the product is not counterfeit, while the …
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