14 Jun 2018 Latest Dispens-IT
Recently we’ve been having an
increasing number of enquiries about the requirements of next year’s
Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) and whether Dispens-IT
will be helping users to comply with the new scanning requirements.
The answer is YES – we are
pleased to say that Dispens-IT will have access
to the UK’s National Medicines Verification System (NMVS) and a new
version of Dispens-IT is in the pipeline ready to
connect to it.
Actually we’ve been anticipating
this for a long while and if you purchased a barcode scanner from us within
the last two years or so, it will already be capable of reading the
“2D” matrix-style barcodes that FMD uses. However, if you are still using one
of the older “Heron” scanners (the kind that fires a single red
line across the barcode) then you will need to upgrade it eventually.
Aside from meeting the new legal
requirements, there are other advantages for Dispens-IT
users with the arrival of the FMD barcodes:
No more checking expiry dates – they are contained in the 2D
barcode and Dispens-IT will warn you if a product
is nearing its expiry date
Less “teaching” new barcodes – new product codes
should already be known on the NMVS database
• Dispens-IT will be able to automatically log batch
numbers as they too are in the 2D barcode
We’re planning to start upgrading
Dispens-IT installations later this year, so that
you can get used to scanning the 2D barcodes as they begin to appear on
products, well ahead of the February 2019 start date for the verification
More information to follow – but,
of course, do get in touch if you have any questions.