Omnicell FMD statement

28th Aug 2018

FMD is coming and at Omnicell we are committed to supporting you so that you don’t get taken by surprise. It would be useful for you now to start reviewing the process for your pharmacy so that when the time is right for next steps you have the best solution in place for your pharmacy.

 To support you in getting ready for FMD we wanted to tell you about how the directive affects the Omnicell products you use, what we at Omnicell are doing and also what you need to be doing to ensure you are compliant in February 2019.

ADCs/Ward automation:

In most hospitals we expect the verification and decommissioning processes are likely to take place as stock leaves Pharmacy control, so this should happen before packs are sent to the ward. This means that any ward automation systems such as Omnicell’s ADCs will have no direct involvement in FMD processes.

All major Pharmacy Information System (PIS) providers are developing solutions to deliver FMD requirements, so customers should talk directly to their PIS providers regarding the most suitable FMD solution for their hospital workflow.

Hospital RDS:

By the end of this year, Omnicell plans to collect pack level data captured by a scan when loading the RDS and to then make this data available to all major Pharmacy Information System (PIS) providers so it can be used within the FMD solutions that they are currently developing.

Customers should talk directly to their PIS providers regarding the most suitable FMD solution for their hospital workflow.

VBM/MA packs:

All Pharmacy Information System (PIS) providers are planning to offer an FMD solution to Community Pharmacy customers. PIS suppliers will provide Community Pharmacies using VBM or manually filling blister packs with a decommissioning solution for packs at or before the de-blistering stage. This has been confirmed an acceptable point in the pharmacy workflow for decommissioning under the “split pack” clause within the EU Regulation.

As packs will have already been decommissioned before filling the machine, the VBM will have no direct involvement in FMD processes.

Customers should talk directly to their PIS providers regarding the most suitable FMD solution for their pharmacy workflow.

 Community RDS:

 By the end of this year, Omnicell plans to collect pack level data captured by a scan when loading the RDS and to then make this data available to all major Pharmacy Information System (PIS) providers so it can be used within the FMD solutions that they are currently developing.

Customers should talk directly to their PIS providers regarding the most suitable FMD solution for their pharmacy workflow.