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Table 4 Perceptions of prescribers to issues pertaining to generic medicines utilization

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
I believe we need a standard guideline to both prescribers and pharmacist on brand substitution process 1 (0.4) 3 (1.1) 14 (5.3) 145 (55.1) 100 (38.0)
In my opinion, quality use of generic medicines among patients can be achieved if both prescribers and pharmacist work together 1 (0.4) 3 (1.1) 21 (8.0) 181 (68.8) 57 (21.7)
I think patient should be given an enough information about generic medicines in order to make sure they really understand about the medicines they take 1 (0.4) 8 (3.0) 16 (6.1) 176 (66.9) 62 (23.6)
I believe advertisement by the drug companies will influence my future prescribing pattern 1 (0.4) 66 (25.1) 87 (33.1) 97 (36.9) 12 (4.6)
I need more information on the issues pertaining to the safety and efficacy of generic medicines 0 (0.0) 8 (3.0) 12 (4.6) 158 (60.1) 85 (32.3)
Hospital budget for drug procurement factor will affect my choice of medicines 0 (0.0) 23 (8.7) 62 (23.6) 132 (50.2) 46 (17.5)