Pharmacies and hospitals will have to verify the authenticity of medicines and ‘decommission’ them from the IMVO repository ('national system') before they are supplied to patients.
Community pharmacies / private hospitals
If you are a community pharmacy or private hospital and haven’t already done so, you need to start your preparations now to ensure that you are ready by 9th February 2019, when the new requirements become legally binding. At a high level, the steps involved include:
Introductory webinars for pharmacies and
IMVO is running a series of one-hour webinars by Skype for pharmacies and hospitals to provide background introduction on the new safety feature and medicines authentication requirements and explain the IMVO registration process in more detail – see our Events page for details - click here
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IMVO has prepared a Support Guide which sets out where to go for advice if you have any queries or problems. Please check this guide before contacting IMVO or your IT support provider if any issues arise.
The PSI has a section on falsified medicines on its website with information for pharmacists.
The Irish Pharmacy Union which represents community pharmacy and is a member of IMVO has published several articles on medicines authentication in its monthly magazine, the IPU Review. The IPU has also drawn up a Medicines Authentication FAQ and Checklist to help its members understand the new requirements.
Public hospitals and clinics
The HSE has established a project team to co-ordinate FMD implementation across the health services and they are managing communications on next steps within the HSE. If you have any queries on FMD implementation in the health services, please email FMD.email@example.com. The HSE’s October FMD Newsletter contains useful updates on the HSE’s preparations for FMD.
Some pharmacies also have a wholesaler’s authorisation from the HPRA. If you are one of these pharmacies, please note that you will have to register with IMVO as a pharmacy and as a wholesaler (i.e. two registrations). We will be writing to all wholesalers separately about IMVO registration, including pharmacies who have wholesaler’s authorisations.