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Table 2 Jordanian physicians ’ responses to four point likert scale questions exploring perceptions towards generic medicines and issues pertaining the use of generics in Jordan

From: Physicians’ perception of generic and electronic prescribing: A descriptive study from Jordan

Survey questions/Statement Frequency (%)
Strongly disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree
Generic substitutions will increase the use of locally produced medicines. 5 (1.3%) 10 (2.7%) 276 (73.4%) 85 (22.6%)
Ability to perform generic substitution will ensure prompt availability of medications to the patient 0 (0.0%) 15 (4.0%) 216 (78.7%) 65 (17.3%)
Generic substitution offer significant cost advantage to the patient. 0 (0.0%) 30 (8.0%) 271 (72.1%) 75 (19.9%)
Generic substitution will allow pharmacists to select to select the most affordable drug to a patient. 5 (1.3) 90 (23.9%) 256 (68.1%) 25 (6.6%)
Developing a computerized system which includes important information about drugs such as: medicines interaction, contraindications and cost, would improve the prescribing process 0 (0.0%) 5 (1.3%) 180 (47.9%) 191 (50.8%)
Implementing an electronic prescription service would result in a more efficient prescribing and dispensing process. 0 (0%) 30 (8.0%) 241 (64.1%) 105 (27.9%)
Standard guidelines on generic substitution process to both physicians and pharmacists should be implemented. 0 (0.0%) 10 (2.7%) 291 (77.4%) 75 (19.9%)
Quality use of generic medicines among Jordanian consumers can be achieved if both physicians and pharmacist work together. 0 (0.0%) 35 (9.3%) 256 (68.1%) 85 (22.6%)
It is feasible to implement prescribing system based on International Non-priority Name (INN). 5 (1.3%) 70 (18.6%) 241 (64.1%) 60 (16.0%)
Community Pharmacist in Jordan should be given generic substitution right. 25 (6.6%) 120 (31.9%) 160 (42.6%) 71 (18.9%)
Generic substitution should be allowed only at patient request. 80 (21.3%) 191 (50.8%) 85 (22.6%) 20 (5.3%)