What happens to medicines that are intended for one market when they are then sold to a new market under an Art.126a/Exceptional MA?

First, the pharmacist scans the medicine to decommission. This sends a message to the relevant NMVS of the new market. As this NMVS will not yet contain pack data, they will then query the number with the EMVO.

The EMVO will then source data from the NMVO in the original market, decommission it, and return the result to the NMVO of the new market.

This process is the same when recommissioning an Article 126a pack in the 10-day window.

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