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Knowledge and Perception of Pharmacy Students about Generic Medicine: A Web-based Cross-sectional Study in India

  • At: PPR SIG 2021 (2021)
  • Type: Digital
  • By: CHAUDHARY, Amar (Department of pharmacy practice, Mallige College of pharmacy, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India)
  • Co-author(s): Amar Prashad Chaudhary, Adna Nelson K, Jamuna TR, Mydhylli S and Chaithanya KJ
  • Abstract:

    Introduction

    Globally, India being the largest provider of generic drugs, the future pharmacist needs to know about generic drugs and their significance in the market, as well as in the lives of the consumers of the country and worldwide.

    Objectives

    The main aim of the survey was to understand the overall knowledge of the pharmacy student regarding the generic medicine along with its safety & efficacy profile. This survey also helps to understand the perception of pharmacy students about generic medicine.

    Methods

    The cross-sectional study was carried in September 2020 using the internet and Google forms. The google form had four questionnaire sections i.e socio-demographic section, overall knowledge section, knowledge regarding safety and efficacy section, and perception section. The questionnaire was circulated using social media like Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram.

    Results

    The majority of the students believe they require additional knowledge regarding how bioequivalence tests are performed for generic drugs. About 50% of the participants believe that generic medicine is cheaper because it is inferior to branded medicine. 86% of the students believe doctors and pharmacists should work together in prescribing and dispensing drugs based on their generic names.

    Conclusion

    There seems to be a gap in the knowledge among students regarding generic medicine. There is a need for improvement in the curriculum about generic medicine.

Last update 4 October 2019

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