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Marine Pharmacy Guide

Robert S. Richards and Matthew L. Peers (Author)

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There were many tables in this layout and the challenge lay in keeping consistency throughout the book, without compromising the uncomplicated design and feel of the book. We organised offset printing,with our fantastic printer in China, and liaised with the client and the printer on which type of stock to use.

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For almost 30 years the Marine Pharmacy Guide has been the most popular and trusted resource for people in the maritime industry seeking up-to-date information on medicines and pharmaceutical equipment that are typically carried on-board seafaring vessels.

The all new Marine Pharmacy Guide (Fifth Edition) provides drug information in simple, easy-to-understand language. It is intended for everyone from a ship’s officer to an owner, a yacht captain to a first aider.

Ensure that on your ship staff will only ever administer a scheduled medicine with reasonable knowledge of the patient’s history and the dosage and precautions of the proposed medication.

The medico-legal responsibilities of ship’s officers and owners relies on the excellence of on-board medical and pharmacy practice linked with comprehensive product labelling and understandable, yet simple, data on medicines and diseases.

Rob Richards and Matthew Peers are directors of the Marine Medical College (Melbourne, Australia) and their mission is to promote the safe and effective use of medications at sea.

Use the Marine Pharmacy Guide in conjunction with Pharmasea’s comprehensive Online Marine Medical Services or as a detailed standalone reference book.


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