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    Hi,

    I have been offered a copy of Martindale: Complete drug reference second hand.

    Its the 33Rev Ed edition (25 April 2002) and the person is willing to let it go for about £10. Given the price it seems like a fantastic bargain, but is it now too outdated to be useful?

    I want it for academic purposes mostly; I won't be starting my pharmacy degree for a year or so. I would find having a hard-copy of martindale rather useful as I used the 15day electronic trial extensively (MedicinesComplete.)

    So basicly:

    .Is the 33rd edition still going to cut the mustard for a few years or is it already too outdated?

    .Will it be worth holding too during my degree (obviously as one of many references.)

    Thanks,

    mr_colt

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    Originally posted by mr_colt View Post
    Hi,

    I have been offered a copy of Martindale: Complete drug reference second hand.

    Its the 33Rev Ed edition (25 April 2002) and the person is willing to let it go for about £10. Given the price it seems like a fantastic bargain, but is it now too outdated to be useful?

    I want it for academic purposes mostly; I won't be starting my pharmacy degree for a year or so. I would find having a hard-copy of martindale rather useful as I used the 15day electronic trial extensively (MedicinesComplete.)

    So basicly:

    .Is the 33rd edition still going to cut the mustard for a few years or is it already too outdated?

    .Will it be worth holding too during my degree (obviously as one of many references.)

    Thanks,

    mr_colt
    For just a tenner I'd probably buy it, but I'd never stretch to the price of a new one. In over 10 years of being a pharmacist I have used it about 6 times in total.
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    • #3
      Your uni. may offer free (unlimited) online access to it.

      As for using it as a reference source, I've only used it once in the past 3.5 years (as a student).

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by hannahd View Post
        Your uni. may offer free (unlimited) online access to it.

        As for using it as a reference source, I've only used it once in the past 3.5 years (as a student).
        Sometimes Martindale is not very useful.
        Suppose you want to check the formula of an enteral feed?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Pharmanaut View Post
          Sometimes Martindale is not very useful.
          Suppose you want to check the formula of an enteral feed?
          I guess it's not very useful at that but hey I have access to loads of online resources:
          http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/...ces/databases/

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          • #6
            I'd buy it for only a tenner. I used it loads at Uni, but maybe i'm a geek. Although it's out of date it's still an excellent ref source for academic purposes.

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            • #7
              old martindales

              These books are useful as perhaps 99% of info still current. My main use of Martindale is finding UK equivalent of overseas products.
              johnep

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              • #8
                I second Johnep, the overseas products bit is definitely the most used. I reckon I'd buy it for a tenner, problem is where would you keep the bugger?

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