Are Patients Willing to Ask for Generic Drug Substitutions?

Hermansyah, Andi and Athiyah, Umi and Setiawan, Catur Dian and Mufarrihah, Mufarrihah (2013) Are Patients Willing to Ask for Generic Drug Substitutions? International Journal of Pharmacy Teaching & Practices, 4 (4). pp. 832-837. ISSN 1986-8111

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Abstract

Objective: Generic drug substitution has been known as a strategy to promote generic drug use. Under the pharmacy practice act, pharmacists in Indonesia are allowed to do generic substitution with the approval of a physician and/or the patients. This study was conducted to discover patients’ willingness to ask for generic drug substitutions. Methods: A study was carried out by surveying 300 respondents in Surabaya, Indonesia. A structured questionnaire was used to find out patients’ opinions and willingness regarding generic drug substitutions. The results were then analyzed by displaying the frequency of the respondents’ answers and their willingness to ask for generic drug substitutions. Results: The majority of the respondents recognized several characteristics of generic drugs properly but the emphasis was on the cheap price of the drug. Although they agreed that generic drug is a safe, effective and affordable drug, patients were not confident to ask for generic substitutions. They heavily relied on the advice of healthcare professionals for the substitutions. Conclusion: Although most of the respondents were willing to ask for generic substitutions, at the end they preferred to listen to professional advice from healthcare providers. Their willingness was mainly influenced by the preference of physicians and pharmacists; therefore, it is an opportunity for pharmacists to endorse patients to use generic drugs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Patients, Willingness to ask, Generic Drug Substitutions
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica > RS1-441 Pharmacy and materia medica
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica > RS200-201 Pharmaceutical dosage forms
Divisions: 05. Fakultas Farmasi
Creators:
CreatorsNIM/NIDN
Hermansyah, Andiandi-h@ff.unair.ac.id
Athiyah, Umiumi-a@ff.unair.ac.id
Setiawan, Catur Diancatur-d-s@ff.unair.ac.id
Mufarrihah, Mufarrihahmufarrihah@ff.unair.ac.id
Depositing User: Mr M. Fuad Sofyan
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2019 06:23
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2019 06:23
URI: http://repository.unair.ac.id/id/eprint/73487
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