The UK FMD Working Group for Community Pharmacy, which the NPA works closely alongside, recently published guidance called The Way Forward for FMD in Community Pharmacy. It is crucial reading for every pharmacy team to help them prepare for the new directive.
Key aspects that the report sheds light on are the action contractors should be taking and the costs associated with implementation and operation.
What will contractors have to do exactly?
In order to comply with the requirements of FMD, pharmacy contractors will be required as part of the dispensing process (from 9th February 2019) to:
Costs of implementation and operation
Under the Delegated Regulations, each sector, including pharmacy, is responsible for its own costs for connecting to the NMVS. Each of thefour national community pharmacy negotiators will work to ensure that contractors’ FMD-related costs are recognised in future NHS funding settlements. Some of the costs involved include initial set-up, IT, both software and hardware, plus ongoing operational costs.
High level process
Pharmacies will be able to conduct an optional veri cation scan, if desired, as stock enters the pharmacy (or at any other time).
Each pharmacy’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) will need to be updated to re ect the approach adopted by the contractor. Go to www.fmdsource.co.uk for more information.