Enforce all medicines to be transported to the patient or consuming end user under GDP
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Current law does not define the difference between a pharmacy and a wholesaler. (Good Distribution Practice) GDP applies to a wholesaler. GDP does not apply to a pharmacy if it does not wholesale, but does apply to a pharmacy that carries out wholesaling.
Pharmacies and Homecare companies supply items via a healthcare prescription to an end user that is a patient that derives therapeutic benefit of the medicinal product. However homecare companies require GDP and a WDL whilst Pharmacies do not.
Distance-selling pharmacies such as P2U supply more items than Home care companies. But as distance-selling pharmacies are pharmacies they do not require a WDL or to adhere to GDP when dispensing of fulfilling requests for medicinal product.
There is a current loophole within the law that allows large volumes of medicinal products to be stored and transported without the correct quality safeguards. regulation has not kept up with technology and there is a quality deficiency that allows the unsafe practice of mail order supply of medicines.
Distance selling pharmacies such as Pharmacy 2U have now reached a scale that they are transporting, storing and delivering large quantities of medicine to the public in an unsafe way to save their cost of distribution using a quality system based on Good Distribution Practice. Medicines require accurate storage within their validated storage condition terms in order to maintain stability and purity. This is being willfully ignored by distance selling pharmacies. Similar operational activities are carried out by homecare companies, but they have to adhere to good distribution practice quality systems. All providers of medicines to the general public in the UK must operate on a level playing field and this must be enforced by the government via regulation to protect public health.
By signing this petition you are asking the Chief Pharmaceutical Officers of the UK and GPhC and other persons that understand the issue to not turn a blind eye and force distance selling regulations to assure the quality of their supply chain until the items dispensed to the end user. The purpose of the "Rebalancing Medicines Legislation and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board." is to review relevant pharmacy legislation and regulation to ensure it provides safety for users of pharmacy services. It is this board that is recommending technician led-supervision, hub and spoke dispensing and other changes to facilitate digital based distance selling but they remain silent on the quality aspects of transportation.
In summary we the undersigned are asking that all medicines be transported by a supplier at any point in the supply chain under GDP.
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