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Why do physicians prefer brand medicines over generic medicines in Pakistan? A quantitative approach

Masood, Imran and Saleem, Ahsan and Jamshed, Shazia (2016) Why do physicians prefer brand medicines over generic medicines in Pakistan? A quantitative approach. Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, 7 (4). pp. 247-251. ISSN 1759-8885

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Abstract

Objectives Generic medicines are recommended and used largely due to their costeffectiveness. Still, physicians prefer brand medicines rather than their generic counter-parts. Therefore, the current research was aimed to evaluate the preferential attitude ofphysicians towards brand medicines over generic medicines in Pakistan.Methods This is a cross-sectional survey which was conducted in two public sectorhospitals in Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan. A total of 150 physicians were interviewedusing a 17-itemed self-administered questionnaire. A 4-point Likert scale was used andresponses were measured as strongly disagree, disagree, agree and strongly agree. ACronbach’s alpha of 0.66 was obtained for all the domains. Statistical analysis wasperformed usingSPSS (version 15.0).Key findings A response rate of 84.3% was achieved. Slightly more than half of thephysicians were men (52.7%) with 64% being specialist doctors, and nearly 61.3% hadmore than 10 years of experience. Slightly more than half of the respondents agreed(n = 99; 66%) that they prefer brand medicines over generic medicines because of higherefficacious potential. This was found to be statistically significant with respect to genderwith men reported greater agreement (P < 0.001). Interestingly all the specialists (n = 96;64%; P = 0.045) agreed not to prefer generics over brand medicines because of lesserpotency.Conclusions It is concluded that physicians’ prescribing practices are significantly affected by their lack of knowledge regarding generic medicines, patient-related factors,and by the influence of pharmaceutical advertisements.Keywords brand medicines; generic medicines; physicians; prescribing

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6803/56598
Uncontrolled Keywords: brand medicines; generic medicines; physicians; prescribing
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Depositing User: Dr Shazia Jamshed
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 16:42
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 16:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/56598

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