Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference

Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference is a reference book published by Pharmaceutical Press listing some 6,000 drugs and medicines used throughout the world, including details of over 180,000 proprietary preparations. It also includes almost 700 disease treatment reviews. It was first published in 1883 under the title Martindale: The Extra Pharmacopoeia. Martindale contains information on drugs in clinical use worldwide, as well as selected investigational and veterinary drugs, herbal and complementary medicines, pharmaceutical excipients, vitamins and nutritional agents, vaccines, radiopharmaceuticals, contrast media and diagnostic agents, medicinal gases, drugs of abuse and recreational drugs, toxic substances, disinfectants, and pesticides.

Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference
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Pictured is the 38th edition of Martindale, published in June 2014.
AuthorEdited by Alison Brayfield
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenrePharmacy reference
PublisherPharmaceutical Press
Publication date
ISBN978-0-85711-309-2 (39th ed.)

International usefulnessEdit

Martindale aims to cover drugs and related substances reported to be of clinical interest anywhere in the world. It provides a useful source of information for patients arriving from abroad to identify their existing medication. This may reveal that a currently taken proprietary preparation is available under another brand name. Alternatively if the drug is not available, the class of agent can be determined allowing a pharmacist or doctor to determine which alternative equivalent drugs can be substituted. Monographs include Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System (ATC) numbers and FDA Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) codes to help readers refer to other information systems.


Martindale is arranged into two main parts followed by three extensive indexes:

  • Monographs on drugs and ancillary substances, listing over 6,000 monographs arranged in 49 chapters based on clinical use with the corresponding disease treatment reviews. Monographs summarize the nomenclature, properties, and actions of each substance. A chapter on supplementary drugs and other substances covers some 1190 monographs on new drugs, those not easily classified, herbals, and drugs no longer clinically used but still of interest. Monographs of some toxic substances are also included.
  • Preparations - including over 180,000 items from 43 countries and regions, including China.
  • Directory of Manufacturers listing some 20,000 entries.
  • Pharmaceutical Terms in Various Languages: this index lists nearly 5,600 pharmaceutical terms and routes of administration in 13 major European languages as an aid to the non-native speaker in interpreting packaging, product information, or prescriptions written in another language.
  • General index: prepared from 175,000 entries it includes approved names, synonyms and chemical names; a separate Cyrillic section lists nonproprietary and proprietary names in Russian and Ukrainian.

Digital versions include an additional 1,000 drug monographs, 60,000 preparation names, and 5,000 manufacturers.

List of the editionsEdit

To date there have been 39 editions of Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference. The 39th edition was published in June 2017.

See alsoEdit


  • Alison Brayfield, ed. (2017). Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference (39th ed.). London: Pharmaceutical Press. ISBN 978-0857113092.

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