Those who supply medicines to the
public, including pharmacies and hospitals, in Ireland will have to connect
their software systems to the IMVO repository (via an Internet connection) to
enable them to check that packs are genuine before they are supplied to
patients. Pharmaceutical wholesalers will also be required to check medicines
in certain situations and will also need to connect to the repository.
Manufacturers will add a barcode to
each pack contain the ‘unique identifiers’ and send details of the information
in the barcode to the IMVO database via the EU Hub. When the pharmacist or wholesaler
scans the barcode on a pack, if the details are not found in IMVO’s database
(or elsewhere in the EMVS), an alert will be generated leading to an
investigation to find out if the pack is fake.