What do people really think of generic medicines? A systematic review and critical appraisal of literature on stakeholder perceptions of generic drugs.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/583462
Title:
What do people really think of generic medicines? A systematic review and critical appraisal of literature on stakeholder perceptions of generic drugs.
Authors:
Dunne, Suzanne S; Dunne, Colum P
Citation:
What do people really think of generic medicines? A systematic review and critical appraisal of literature on stakeholder perceptions of generic drugs. 2015, 13:173 BMC Med
Publisher:
BMC medicine
Journal:
BMC medicine
Issue Date:
Jul-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/583462
DOI:
10.1186/s12916-015-0415-3
PubMed ID:
26224091
Abstract:
Considerable emphasis is presently being placed on usage of generic medicines by governments focussed on the potential economic benefits associated with their use. Concurrently, there is increasing discussion in the lay media of perceived doubts regarding the quality and equivalence of generic medicines. The objective of this paper is to report the outcomes of a systematic search for peer-reviewed, published studies that focus on physician, pharmacist and patient/consumer perspectives of generic medicines.; Literature published between January 2003 and November 2014, which is indexed in PubMed and Scopus, on the topic of opinions of physicians, pharmacists and patients with respect to generic medicines was searched, and articles within the scope of this review were appraised. Search keywords used included perception, opinion, attitude and view, along with keywords specific to each cohort.; Following review of titles and abstracts to identify publications relevant to the scope, 16 papers on physician opinions, 11 papers on pharmacist opinions and 31 papers on patient/consumer opinions were included in this review. Quantitative studies (n = 37) were the most common approach adopted by researchers, generally in the form of self-administered questionnaires/surveys. Qualitative methodologies (n = 15) were also reported, albeit in fewer cases. In all three cohorts, opinions of generic medicines have improved but some mistrust remains, most particularly in the patient group where there appears to be a strongly held belief that less expensive equals lower quality. Acceptance of generics appears to be higher in consumers with higher levels of education while patients from lower socioeconomic demographic groups, hence generally having lower levels of education, tend to have greater mistrust of generics.; A key factor in improving confidence in generic products is the provision of information and education, particularly in the areas of equivalency, regulation and dispelling myths about generic medicines (such as the belief that they are counterfeits). Further, as patient trust in their physician often overrules their personal mistrust of generic medicines, enhancing the opinions of physicians regarding generics may have particular importance in strategies to promote usage and acceptance of generic medicines in the future.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
: Considerable emphasis is presently being placed on usage of generic medicines by governments focussed on the potential economic benefits associated with their use. Concurrently, there is increasing discussion in the lay media of perceived doubts regarding the quality and equivalence of generic medicines. The objective of this paper is to report the outcomes of a systematic search for peer-reviewed, published studies that focus on physician, pharmacist and patient/consumer perspectives of generic medicines.
Keywords:
MEDICINES; HEALTH ECONOMICS
ISSN:
1741-7015

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dc.contributor.authorDunne, Suzanne Sen
dc.contributor.authorDunne, Colum Pen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-09T10:22:43Zen
dc.date.available2015-12-09T10:22:43Zen
dc.date.issued2015-07en
dc.identifier.citationWhat do people really think of generic medicines? A systematic review and critical appraisal of literature on stakeholder perceptions of generic drugs. 2015, 13:173 BMC Meden
dc.identifier.issn1741-7015en
dc.identifier.pmid26224091en
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/s12916-015-0415-3en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/583462en
dc.description: Considerable emphasis is presently being placed on usage of generic medicines by governments focussed on the potential economic benefits associated with their use. Concurrently, there is increasing discussion in the lay media of perceived doubts regarding the quality and equivalence of generic medicines. The objective of this paper is to report the outcomes of a systematic search for peer-reviewed, published studies that focus on physician, pharmacist and patient/consumer perspectives of generic medicines.en
dc.description.abstractConsiderable emphasis is presently being placed on usage of generic medicines by governments focussed on the potential economic benefits associated with their use. Concurrently, there is increasing discussion in the lay media of perceived doubts regarding the quality and equivalence of generic medicines. The objective of this paper is to report the outcomes of a systematic search for peer-reviewed, published studies that focus on physician, pharmacist and patient/consumer perspectives of generic medicines.en
dc.description.abstractLiterature published between January 2003 and November 2014, which is indexed in PubMed and Scopus, on the topic of opinions of physicians, pharmacists and patients with respect to generic medicines was searched, and articles within the scope of this review were appraised. Search keywords used included perception, opinion, attitude and view, along with keywords specific to each cohort.en
dc.description.abstractFollowing review of titles and abstracts to identify publications relevant to the scope, 16 papers on physician opinions, 11 papers on pharmacist opinions and 31 papers on patient/consumer opinions were included in this review. Quantitative studies (n = 37) were the most common approach adopted by researchers, generally in the form of self-administered questionnaires/surveys. Qualitative methodologies (n = 15) were also reported, albeit in fewer cases. In all three cohorts, opinions of generic medicines have improved but some mistrust remains, most particularly in the patient group where there appears to be a strongly held belief that less expensive equals lower quality. Acceptance of generics appears to be higher in consumers with higher levels of education while patients from lower socioeconomic demographic groups, hence generally having lower levels of education, tend to have greater mistrust of generics.en
dc.description.abstractA key factor in improving confidence in generic products is the provision of information and education, particularly in the areas of equivalency, regulation and dispelling myths about generic medicines (such as the belief that they are counterfeits). Further, as patient trust in their physician often overrules their personal mistrust of generic medicines, enhancing the opinions of physicians regarding generics may have particular importance in strategies to promote usage and acceptance of generic medicines in the future.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBMC medicineen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to BMC medicineen
dc.subjectMEDICINESen
dc.subjectHEALTH ECONOMICSen
dc.titleWhat do people really think of generic medicines? A systematic review and critical appraisal of literature on stakeholder perceptions of generic drugs.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalBMC medicineen
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