The bona fides of a vessel first aider should be verified before supply. Pharmacists must be satisfied that the supply is for the purpose of administration or supply of the medicine by the first aid provider (vessel) in the lawful practice of their profession, and has been authorised by the captain of the vessel to obtain medicines for use on the vessel.
Written orders for supply of medicines to vessels must include names of all scheduled medicines required, including strength, dosage form and quantity.
Prior to supplying the scheduled medicines to a first aid provider (vessel), a pharmacist must obtain and retain (where specified) the information required in the form Pharmacist Supply of Medicines to Ships and Vessels (Word 832KB).
Pharmacists must attach the completed form to the original order and maintain the record for 2 years for Schedule 2, 3 or 4 medicines or 5 years for Schedule 8 medicines.
Pharmacists must include details of sales of Schedule 8 medicines to ships and vessels in the normal monthly report to the Department of Health.
Pharmacists should also discuss secure storage of medicines with yacht personnel and encourage the return of any unused medicines to a pharmacy for appropriate disposal.