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GDP Training Sessions

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Paradigm are offering monthly GDP training sessions at their offices in Rushden, Northants, NN10. Training sessions include; 1) GDP Training for Managers and RP Teams, covering all 10 chapters of the EU Guidelines for Good Distribution Practice for Medicines for Human use 2013/c 343/01 2) Audit training – A day of training on auditing a […]

Exports and Customs Procedures

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Many wholesalers have been found to be deficient during their GDP MHRA inspections, especially with their Chapter 30 Commodity codes, when exporting pharmaceutical products. Many have exported pharmaceutical products either using a “blanket” code that they believe suits finished products, or in some cases not even coding their products at all. In some circles the […]

What are the right temperatures for storing and transporting medications?

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  The question is often asked “What temperature should a products in a wholesale area be kept at”, and the answers can vary wildly depending on who you speak to. The primary response to this question should be “Under label conditions” or “As per the outer packaging.” So, what are the temperature ranges that the […]

Home Office List of Controlled Substances

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Well, it has been a long time coming, but the Home Office have now re-posted the list of controlled substances which has been down for over a year.   https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/controlled-drugs-list–2/list-of-most-commonly-encountered-drugs-currently-controlled-under-the-misuse-of-drugs-legislation   This list shows drug classifications as well as schedules, and although not exhaustive is a useful tool. To supply controlled drugs a site needs […]

UK Home Office – Controlled Drugs Licence Applications

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Do you supply medicines as stock to other healthcare providers or other legal entities by way of wholesale dealing? You may be aware you need to hold a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation or WDA (H) if you supply medicines as stock to another legal entity, but do you supply Controlled Drugs too? If yes, you will […]

The Falsified Medicines Directive… and your wholesale business.

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The Falsified Medicines Directive is a key focus for the UK Competent Authority, the MHRA, and it is expected that as a UK Pharmaceutical wholesaler that you are aware of this emerging regulation. The FMD comes into effect 09 Feb 2019, “Brexit” or not. For more information around Falsified Medicines and the coding, see our […]

Falsified Medicines Update from Sultan “Sid” Dajani of the RPS

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An update on the Falsified Medicines Directive from Sultan “SID” Dajani, Chairman of the Falsified Medicines Directive at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and UK Representative for the Pharmacy Group of the European Union (PGEU). “With the Falsified Medicines Directive coming (slowly) to fruition, it will be pharmacies and wholesalers bearing the brunt of the changes […]

Responsible Person Training and RP refresher courses

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Are you planning on becoming a Responsible Person for a pharmaceutical wholesaler? Do you fit the criteria laid out by the National Competent Authority, the MHRA? The Gold Standard for Responsible Persons has been in laid out for over two years at the date of writing this blog, and when the MHRA carry out a […]

Are you a pharmacy / pharmacist supplying medicines to doctors, nurses or dentists?

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For those who do not know already the “5% rule” for pharmacies disappeared some time ago, and to purchase products from a site without a WDA (Wholesale Distribution Authorisation) is a critical deficiency in Good Distribution Practice. Prior to 14 August 2012, section 10(7) of the Medicines Act 1968 provided a pharmacist in a registered pharmacy (or […]

What is Pharmacovigilance?

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What is Pharmacovigilance? By Joan Mwanaka, BSc Did you know that every drug has a side effect? It has been reported that a drug without a side effect will not work! So, if drugs are supposedly causing side effects, why are they on the market, and how are these drugs monitored? Pharmacovigilance is the answer […]

Should I get legal help when interacting with the MHRA or IAG?

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Consultants from Paradigm Shift have supported a number of companies in their journey out of MHRA licence suspension, some of whom had taken legal advice, or had engaged solicitors to fight their case, in advance of contacting us. Quite often by the time Paradigm are contacted it’s too late. Typically we receive notice from people just […]

Import tax minimisation and planning – A commentary from Gavin Makowski of Makowski Associates

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Import tax minimisation and planning Import taxes include customs duty and VAT and these represent high costs within international supply chains. They impact EU manufacturers and distributors that source raw materials or finished products from overseas. Even UK/EU suppliers can also be a source of opportunity, should they have previously imported products that are being […]

Preparing for your MHRA inspection

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Preparing for your initial or return MHRA GDP inspection? Do you know what you need to do prior to the visit? At Paradigm we prescribe being inspection/audit ready. Despite being given a two week notice of MHRA inspection it is essential that you remain as up to date as you can at any given point […]

MHRA Inspectorate Blog – New and helpful?

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Yesterday the MHRA released their first two blogs; https://mhrainspectorate.blog.gov.uk/2015/06/23/welcome/ https://mhrainspectorate.blog.gov.uk/2015/06/23/join-our-talented-and-dynamic-team-protecting-public-health/ Written by Mark Birse, Group Manager for the MHRA Inspectorate, the first blog covers the plan to bring blogs from all areas of GxP, including; compliance management approaches data integrity preventing drug shortages significant findings from our inspections supporting innovation and our work with the MHRA […]

Manufacturers – Are you operating without a WDA(H)?

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As many of you will know, manufacturers do NOT need a WDA(H) (Wholesale Distribution Authorisation for medicines for human use) if they are distributing their own products. What many manufacturers do not realise is that they are now operating illegally by procuring, supplying, invoicing etc. UK Manufacturers; Are you conducting wholesaling activities in other countries? […]

Quality Management Systems

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Quality can be built in to your systems… and it should be. For those of us who want to build and run a successful and consistent wholesale business standard operating procedures are a good start… but not everything. If you have Standard operating procedures (aka SOPs) do you follow them? Are they reflective of the […]

Broker? Yes or no?

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With the release of new legislation around brokering, do you know what you are doing? Many are still misunderstanding the term “broker” and are brokering illegally, or without knowingly doing so. This post from Senior Associate Bernard Lawlor may help enlighten you. Are you, while acting as a Pharmacist or as a legal entity, accidentally […]

Wholesale SOPs – Standard Operating Procedures

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We see frequently that sites share their wholesale Standard Operating Procedures aka SOPs, which in some cases can be a good thing… if the wholesale SOPs are of a high quality and are tailored for the specific site… or a significant problem if they are wholesale SOPs for a different business model, or out of date. A […]

MHRA – Drug Recall Classes

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Every wholesaler should be actively subscribed to the medicine recall and drug alerts and be aware of their responsibilities for carrying out recalls within the time limits required. If no recall happens during the year the licence holder must carry out a dummy recall. This has historically been a big part of non-compliance with GDP, however […]

Registration of Brokers of Pharmaceutical Products

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With the “New” GDP guidelines now having been in effect since September 2013, and the requirement for registration of brokers of pharmaceutical products the Paradigm team are quite surprised at how few brokers are registered. AT last check (4th Feb 2015) count there are only seventeen/17 pharmaceutical brokers registered, whether as companies or individuals. Why […]

Falsified Medicines Directive – A Pharmacists perspective – by Sultan “Sid” Dajani of the RPS

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With the Falsified Medicines Directive coming (slowly) to fruition, it will be pharmacies and wholesalers bearing the brunt of the changes in the continual pursuit of patient safety. Sultan “Sid” Dajani, Chairman of the Falsified Medicines Directive at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society,  and UK Representative for the Pharmacy Group of the European Union (PGEU), has kindly written […]

MHRA Website relocation to .gov.uk

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The MHRA website originally sat on the domain www.mhra.gov.gsi.uk but was moved recently to www.mhra.gov.uk Aside from breaking lots of our web links much content was archived, and the new site is “light” on content. Many of the links that still sit on Google will take you to the archive, which is a snapshot of […]

Bona Fides (Approval of Suppliers and Customers) Checks – how and why?

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Are your suppliers and customers validated or bona fide? bona fide ˌbəʊnə ˈfʌɪdi/ adjective 1. genuine; real. “she was a bona fide expert” Synonyms: authentic, genuine, real, true, actual, sterling, sound, legal, legitimate,lawful, valid, unadulterated, unalloyed, proper, straight, fair and square. Bona fides checks are a critical piece of the GDP puzzle. Within the EU Guidance 2013/C 343/01 the term “bona fide” is not used, however this is a common […]

GDP Risk Management

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  Does your GDP Quality Management System identify risks to patient and product safety? If not, why not? Need help? Then read on. The EU GDP Guidelines mentions risk and risk identification for the first time ever; 1.5. Quality risk management Quality risk management is a systematic process for the assessment, control, communication and review […]

PharmaDoctor – Travel Clinics, PGDs and Online Doctor

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Paradigm Shift Consulting are a third-party provider of the PharmaDoctor suite of services. Whether you are looking to provide travel health solutions, from anti-malarials to yellow fever vaccinations, we can arrange full training and marketing support to get your clinic up and running, and to become a success. Want to provide Erectile Dysfunction, Hair Loss, […]

Accessing EUDRA GMDP – Help from Sean Kaiser, Data Processing Manager @ MHRA

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For those of you who are not aware EUDRAGMDP is the new, centralised depository for the National Competent Authorities in Europe for manufacturing, import and wholesale distribution authorisations, and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and GDP (Good Distribution Practice) certificates. The public version of the EUDRA GMDP database is a useful tool for anyone involved in […]

Good Distribution Practice Training / GDP Training / Driver Training

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Paradigm Shift Consulting Limited offer a range of GDP training solutions, to fit all business models, and pockets. Click <HERE> to see our next training dates. Whether you are a pharmacy skimming model with a requirement for Responsible Person/RP refresher training or want Driver GDP training or Basic GDP Training for your new staff, we can help. […]

Responsible Person Medicinal Products – Gold Standard

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We had learned about the forthcoming gold standard for RPs at the 2013 MHRA GDP and GMP Symposia, and expected the news to break soon after. Cogent SSC, formerly known as the Skills Council, released their “Gold Standard” for RPs at the end of April, and we wrote a short blog related to this. With […]

MHRA Portal

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With the new version of the wholesale dealer licence (WL, or WDL to many) there is a new way to apply for your WDA(H) aka Wholesale Distribution Authorisation for medicines for human use.  Use of the MHRA Portal has made the job significantly easier, as it allows you to save your work and return if […]

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Paradigm shift consulting Is Here To Help In essence, we are a service to the pharmacy and wholesale sectors, specialising in streamlining operations and increasing profitability. We have many satisfied customers who have used our service to take advantage of innovations in a quickly developing pharmacy market. Whether this is setting up assisting in managing a Wholesale Dealers […]

MHRA Suspended Licence

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Holders of a Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (Wholesale Dealer Authorisation or Wholesale Dealer Licence to many) can be suspended for a number of reasons, but most commonly to regulatory action from the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency). Paradigm Shift Consulting have worked with numerous sites who have faced MHRA regulatory action landing them on the MHRA Suspended Licence list. We successfully helped all […]

WDA Applications

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  The updated process for WDA(H) applications has been in place for a while now, and Paradigm Shift have assisted a number of customers and friends navigate the new MHRA portal system. How can you navigate the system yourself? It’s easy. When you know how. The MHRA have put a helpful guide online which we […]

Dummy Recall – What is it? A FREE guide by Senior Associate Bernard Lawlor

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*Note* This article is NOT about Asda Cherry Soothers, or other children’s dummies being recalled. This is a post on carrying out a dummy recall/mock recall of pharmaceutical products. If your wholesale site has not had an active recall during the course of the year, then the competent authority requires that you carry out a […]

QMS – Quality Management System

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A QMS, or Quality Management System, is sometimes defined as; “A system by which an organisation aims to reduce and eventually eliminate nonconformance to specifications, standards, and customer expectations in the most cost effective and efficient manner.” or “A set of co-ordinated activities to direct and control an organisation in order to continually improve the […]

Duties of the Responsible Person

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The Responsible Person has defined duties and responsibilities. EU Guidance 2013/C 343/01 lists them as follows; • ensuring that a quality management system is implemented and maintained; • focusing on the management of authorised activities and the accuracy and quality of records; • ensuring that initial and continual training programmes are implemented and maintained; • coordinating […]

Wholesale SOPs

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What is an SOP? SOP is the acronym for Standard Operating Procedure. For those of you in pharmacy you will be familiar with SOPs, which are the backbone of your business. Wholesale SOPs are much the same, and are the backbone of your QMS aka Quality Management System. So… what makes a good set of […]

Wholesale Dealer Licence Application

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Need help with your application for an MHRA wholesale dealer authorisation? Not quite sure what to do… or think you know what you are doing, but aren’t 100% sure? Whatever your wants or need are, we are here to help. With experience of setting up and supporting dozens of pharmacy “skimming” sites, export wholesalers and GSL sites, Paradigms team of […]

Gold Standard – Responsible Person, Medicinal Products

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The Gold Standard, Responsible Person Medicinal Products was released in June 2014. The expectations for “Responsible Person Medicinal Products” are as follows; The Human Medicines Regulations require a distributor to designate a Responsible Person(s), named on the applicable licence. Regulation 45 and the EU GDP Guide set out the requirements and the responsibilities. Where the […]

An Inspector Calls

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  The Inspectorate of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency may call upon you as part of your usual, and announced, inspection schedule, or upon the receipt of information. Most inspections are announced, but there is talk of unannounced inspections coming into play. These would seperate the men (and women) from the boys (and girls). […]

Cogent SSC Announce Gold Standard for RPs

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  Cogent SSC have officially announced the gold standard for RPs. http://www.cogent-ssc.com/general/news/13_05_14_Responsible_Person_RP_A_new_Gold_Standard_in_Medicinal_Products.php Talking of this development, Mark Birse, Group Manager GMDP Inspections at MHRA commented “Responsible Persons play a vital part in ensuring the quality and the integrity of medicinal products are maintained throughout the distribution chain. It’s essential that they have the right knowledge, […]

Good Distribution Practice Training / GDP Training

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Want GDP Training? Click here to see what we can offer. How much will you pay for your GDP training? £500 per person, for a day? £680, pppd? £850 pppd, including lunch? Don’t forget your VAT addition. And the travel costs… and if you are a pharmacy wholesaler, your locum/backfill. At these prices your GDP […]

National Competent Authorities

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In the United Kingdom the National Competent Authority is the MHRA, The Medicines Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, but who regulates the rest of Europe? Answers can be found on the European Medicines Agency website where there is a full list of the National Competent Authorities. Where possible we link you to the English version of the website, […]

Do you know what you are doing?! Really?

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You may be surprised at the number of enquiries we receive from prospective clients who want to get a WDA (H) (wholesale dealer authorisation for medicines for human use) and start what they think is an “easy” business. Everyone needs drugs, right? A safe investment for the future is medication wholesale? Well, sadly, it’s not […]

Too tight to buy the Green Guide? Download the European Guidance on GDP for free

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  We think that £55 + Postage and packing is a fair price for such a critical publication, but not everyone will agree. If you do agree, click the link above and buy it from the Pharmaceutical Press. We meet many who do invest, but there are also many more who cannot or will not […]

EudraGMDP database – European Medicines Agency

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The European Medicines Agency database of good manufacturing practice and good distribution practice compliance continues to be populated as more sites are inspected. GMP and GDP compliance certificates will be uploaded to the site, and will allow prospective customers or suppliers (or other interested third parties, including competitors) view them at will. What does this […]

MHRA Email Alerts

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Have you subscribed to the MHRA email alerting service? Any and all staff involved in GDP related activities should take advantage of this free and essential resource. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/medicines-and-healthcare-products-regulatory-agency/email-signup Whether you are involved in Good Distribution Practice, Good Manufacturing Practice, Pharmacy or just like to keep up to date with the news. How can this help […]

Pharmacy GDP – Good Distribution Practice for Pharmacies in the UK?

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With the updates to EU GDP last year many small pharmacy wholesale operations are still catching up and coming to terms with the impact that it has on their business, but is there a bigger problem ahead? For years pharmacies have been audited by the RPSGB and now the GPhC, yet how many are still […]

Classes of deficiency in Good Distribution Practice

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Most of you will be aware of the classes of deficiency that may be discovered during your risk based inspection, but for those who do not, here is a brief summation Critical deficiency • A “Critical” is deficiency which causes, or leads to a significant risk of causing a product to be harmful to a […]

The MHRA Inspection Process, from application to inspection report

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How do the MHRA carry out inspections? Those of us who have been lucky enough to attend more than a few know that it can vary slightly, depending on which inspector is leading. Although the framework remains the same, some inspectors may have particular areas of interest or expertise which can then colour the inspection […]

Self Inspection / Self Audit

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The MHRA regularly find that self inspections, which are required for GDP compliance, are either not carried out or are insufficient in their scope. The new regulations advise that third party inspections could be considered helpful, but cannot replace self inspection protocols. It is also agreed that the self inspection does not need to be […]

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