The Spanish Drug Verification System (SEVeM), approved by European regulations to prevent the entry of counterfeit medicines into the legal supply chain, comes into effect this Saturday at the 22,000 Spanish pharmacies. It consists of the incorporation of two devices in the medicine package: a unique identifier or two-dimensional code Datamatrix, which identifies the container individually, and a device against manipulation in the outer packaging, which may be a seal or a seal that allows visual verification if the medication container has been tampered with.
These devices will have to be verified and authenticated in the pharmacy office by the pharmacist at the time of dispensing: the code of each container will be scanned and connected to the national repository, which will be synchronized with the European platform, to confirm that the The product that reaches the patient is the same that came out of the pharmaceutical production plant. This, for the president of the General Council of Pharmaceutical Colleges, Jesús Aguilar, is "a new success". "Once again, it demonstrates its technological capacity and its commitment to patient safety, it is a benchmark at the international level." With the development of this system, we respond in time and form to European regulations and Spanish citizens. "he says.
Aguilar explains that Spain is the country with the largest number of pharmacy offices"The fact that we are able to respond in time and form to European regulations is a source of pride for us, due to the many efforts of all the professional associations and all the agents of the SEVeM sector". He claims that these new measures will be "an added safety bonus" for citizens, which is "what matters" to pharmacists. It ensures in any case that the falsification of medicines in the legal channel "is not a real problem" in Spain, but that "even so" they have joined this European project because "this global threat, which does not understand borders, requires a joint struggle. "
Since the European regulation was published almost three years ago, from the General Council of Pharmaceutical Schools has been working with the Federation of Pharmaceutical Distributors (FEDIFAR), Farmaindustria and the Spanish Association of Generic Drugs (Aeseg) and the competent authorities, and information and training has been provided to the official pharmacy colleges on the development and operation of the System.
The set-up of the warehouses
The 140 wholesale warehouses with which they have Pharmaceutical distribution companies that make up the FEDIFAR already "are ready" for the implementation of this new system. "They have been working for a long time to make the necessary adaptations in order to comply with the requirements set out in the European Anti-Counterfeiting regulations, the time has come for the system to start operating and all the distribution warehouses are ready to comply with their requirements. obligations ", details the president of FEDIFAR, Eladio González Miñor.
FEDIFAR ensures that "all" the wholesale stores are in a position to carry out the process of drug verification in those cases established by European regulations: medicines returned by pharmacies, those received from other wholesalers, as well as those that in certain situations consider necessary health authorities.
They also have the functions of deactivating the unit codes of medicines that are distributed outside the EU, of those that are returned by other wholesalers or pharmacies and can not return to salable units, of those destined for their destruction, of those that request as shows the competent authorities and those that are distributed to persons or entities indicated by the authorities.