FMD – an introduction to ezFMD
ezFMD is a software tool to quickly and easily perform the required steps to comply with the Falsified Medicines Directive 2011/62/EU (abbreviated to FMD). It provides a ready solution for your FMD needs. There are separate modes for wholesalers and pharmacies. The available functions depend on the type of your organisation.
It has been designed to be fast, simple and stand-alone software. This avoids the complications of integration and validation needed with any existing systems you may have in your organisation. ezFMD can be used in single-user or multi-user modes and is highly configurable – Read More.
ezFMD was used for what has been described as likely the “… the first pack decommissioned in a community pharmacy anywhere in Europe …” – congratulations to Moore’s Pharmacy. Read the IMVO’s full report here. ezFMD is used in HSE-funded hospitals throughout Ireland.
The FMD (Falsified Medicines Directive 2011/62/EU) requires each manufacturer to add elements to a pack of prescription medicine to make it harder to falsify. Examples of falsification would include counterfeiting a medicine, changing the expiry date or even supplying a medicine through an unapproved route. The objective is to ensure that as best as one can each and every patient receives the medicine in good condition as their doctor prescribed and no less. Overall management of verification is organised at a European level (by the EMVO). FMD systems are located in each EU country – examples include the IMVO, E-Vis and the DMVO.
Elements to protect patients
One of these elements is each pack of prescription medicine will receive a unique serial number at the manufacturing site. This unique serial number will allow the medicine to later be verified or marked as supplied (dispensed). Once marked as supplied, that individual pack cannot be supplied again. Every pack sold in a pharmacy will have to be scanned at the time of supply to a patient. Medicines supplied through other means, such as hospital or clinic use will also have FMD related means of validation. (ezFMD is used in HSE-funded hospitals throughout Ireland.)
ezFMD allows the medicines wholesaler or pharmacist to validate any pack or mark it as supplied in an easy manner, ensuring compliance with the law. All that is required is a basic PC and a scanner, along with ezFMD software installed. Initial registration with the NMVO in the country is very straightforward.