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Table 3 Community pharmacists’ attitude towards the quality and prices of locally manufactured generic medicines

From: Community pharmacists’ attitudes toward the quality and price of locally manufactured generic medicines in Kabul, Afghanistan

Question Survey questions/Statement Frequency (%)
1 2 3 4 5 No answer
1 Locally manufactured generics are equal in their quality compared to the imported generics. 71 (35.9) 23 (11.6)   (0) 78 (39.4) 22 (11.1) 4 (2.0)
2 Locally manufactured generics are equal in their safety and efficacy compared to the imported generic. 24 (12.1) 75 (37.9) 4 (2) 83 (41.9) 8 (4) 4 (2.0)
3 Manufacturers of local generic products have a reliable logistic and supply system. 56 (28.3) 84 (42.4) 16 (8.1) 28 (14.1) 9 (4.5) 5 (2.5)
4 I prefer to stock and dispense locally manufactured generics because the companies provide good bonus scheme compared to suppliers importing them. 46 (23.2) 53 (26.8) 6 (3) 77 (38.9) 11 (5.6) 5 (2.5)
5 Credibility of the generic manufactures/suppliers are my concern when stocking medicines in my pharmacy. 103 (52) 61 (30.8) 3 (1.5) 23 (11.6) 2 (1) 6 (3.0)
6 I will only stock locally manufactured product which is well advertised through medical representatives and medicine related references. 117 (59.1) 42 (21.2) 6 (3) 20 (10.1) 8 (4) 5 (2.5)
7 Imported generics need to pass more stringent approval process compared with locally manufactured ones. 98 (49.5) 75 (37.9) 9 (4.5) 9 (4.5) 3 (1.5) 4 (2.0)
8 Locally manufactured generics are cheaper compared to imported generics. 121 (61.1) 43 (21.7) 5 (2.5) 19 (9.6) 6 (3) 4 (2.0)
9 Locally manufactured generics are affordable to be purchased in comparison to imported generics. 55 (27.8) 60 (30.3) 6 (3) 21 (10.6) 51 (25.8) 5 (2.5)
10 I believe we need to establish brand substitution policy in Afghanistan. 132 (66.7) 28 (14.1) 7 (3.5) 16 (8.1) 10 (5.1) 5 (2.5)
11 The Afghan Drug Regulatory Authorities need to convince pharmacists that registered locally manufactured generics are of high quality and standards. 133 (67.2) 46 (23.2) 8 (4) 4 (2) 2 (1) 5 (2.5)