New EU directive on falisified medicine published in Official Journal of European Union

The new EU legislation on falsified medicines was published on 1 July in the Official Journal of the European Union. It will be applicable on 2 January 2013. This legislation is the outcome of the legal proposal that the Commission put forward in December 2008.
The new legislation introduces tougher rules to improve the protection of public health with new harmonised, pan-European measures to ensure that medicines are safe and that the trade in medicines is rigorously controlled.
To this end, these new measures include:

– An obligatory authenticity feature on the outer packaging of the medicines : this feature will be decided at a later stage via a delegated act;
– A common, EU-wide logo to identify legal online pharmacies. This would make it easier to distinguish between legal and illegal online pharmacies throughout the European Union;
– Tougher rules on the controls and inspections of producers of active pharmaceutical ingredients; and
– Strengthened record-keeping requirements for wholesale distributors

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