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Table 2 Knowledge about generic medicines

From: Knowledge and perceptions of physicians from private medical centres towards generic medicines: a nationwide survey from Malaysia

Item description n (%)
Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly agree
A generic medicine is bioequivalent to a brand name medicine. 2 (0.8) 46 (17.5) 80 (30.4) 130 (49.4) 5 (1.9)
A generic medicine must be in the same dosage form (e.g. tablet, capsule) as the brand name medicine. 0 (0.0) 30 (11.4) 47 (17.9) 146 (55.5) 40 (15.2)
A generic medicine must contain the same dose as the brand name medicine. 0 (0.0) 16 (6.1) 26 (9.9) 159 (60.5) 62 (23.6)
Generic medicines are less effective compared to brand name medicines. (r) 6 (2.3) 49 (18.6) 72 (27.4) 93 (35.4) 43 (16.3)
Generic medicines produce more side effects compared to brand name medicines. (r) 8 (3.0) 103 (39.2) 100 (38.0) 45 (17.1) 7 (2.7)
Brand name medicines are required to meet higher standards than generic medicines. (r) 5 (1.9) 31 (11.8) 32 (12.2) 137 (52.1) 58 (22.1)
There are too many generic brands available. 0 (0.0) 15 (5.7) 35 (13.3) 154 (58.6) 59 (22.4)
Generics are cheaper for patients than original brands. 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 7 (2.7) 123 (46.8) 133 (50.6)
It is easier to remember brand names, rather than generic drug names. 3 (1.1) 39 (14.8) 39 (14.8) 139 (52.9) 43 (16.3)
Patients prefer original brands, they get confused with generics. (r) 1 (0.4) 42 (16.0) 54 (20.5) 143 (54.4) 23 (8.7)
Pharmacists should dispense generic brands, if patient agrees. 21 (8.0) 76 (28.9) 68 (25.9) 91 (34.6) 7 (2.7)