EPA Vessel Safety: Prescription Medication Inventory
Prescription Medication: In addition to the nonprescription medicines, Class B vessels and Class C vessels on overnight or longer cruises should maintain a supply of prescription medications suitable for its operation and location.
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All prescription medications shall be kept in a locked box in the captain’s/master’s quarters or in the vessel hospital, if so equipped. The captain/master is responsible for inspecting medical supplies on a monthly basis and disposing of expired medications immediately. Any use of prescription medications must be under medical supervision, which can be received through the USCG. The captain/master must authorize the use of any prescription medications, and any authorization and use shall be documented in the deck log by the vessel’s captain/master. A medical doctor’s approval is required for obtaining and stocking prescription medicines. The EPA Vessel Safety: Prescription Medication Inventory mobile app includes list of medications should be considered for storing onboard EPA Class B and C vessels.
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