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Table 3 Comparison between demographic characteristics and knowledge towards generic medicines

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

Item description Gender* Age** Year of graduation** Postgraduate qualification* Country of graduation** Year of practice** No. of prescriptions written/day** % of generics in stock**
A generic medicine is bioequivalent to a brand name medicine. 0.240 0.764 0.906 0.244 0.322 0.366 0.005 0.285
A generic medicine must be in the same dosage form (e.g. tablet, capsule) as the brand name medicine. 0.085 0.491 0.390 0.572 0.717 0.595 0.251 0.174
A generic medicine must contain the same dose as the brand name medicine. 0.039 0.503 0.220 0.327 0.450 0.461 0.048 a 0.261
Generic medicines are less effective compared to brand name medicines. (r) 0.265 0.239 0.915 0.100 0.436 0.047 0.003 a 0.000 a
Generic medicines produce more side effects compared to brand name medicines. (r) 0.535 0.001 a 0.058 0.974 0.777 0.087 0.041 0.046
Brand name medicines are required to meet higher standards than generic medicines. (r) 0.510 0.050 0.559 0.120 0.426 0.046 0.144 0.147
There are too many generic brands available. 0.105 < 0.001 a 0.084 0.207 0.541 < 0.001 a 0.019 0.452
Generics are cheaper for patients than original brands. 0.183 0.418 0.396 0.077 0.360 0.213 0.274 0.029
It is easier to remember brand names, rather than generic drug names. 0.041 0.005 a 0.007 0.629 0.150 < 0.001 a 0.018 a < 0.001 a
Patients prefer original brands, they get confused with generics. (r) 0.171 0.385 0.883 0.930 0.293 0.573 0.117 0.002 a
Pharmacists should dispense generic brands, if patient agrees. 0.221 0.121 0.099 0.921 0.413 0.598 0.420 0.028
  1. (r): Reversed ítem. *Mann Whitney test, **Kruskal Wallis test was used. P < 0.05 is considered significant. aSignificant after Bonferroni correction.
  2. Bold values indicate statistical significance.