International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 53–54 | Cite as

Generic medicines in Pakistan: a questionable boon

  • Shazia Qasim JamshedEmail author
  • Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim
  • Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We read with interest an article published recently in Pharmacy World and Science on consumers’ knowledge, perception, and attitudes regarding generic medicines in Auckland [1]. The article [1] energized us to give a short comparative overview of generic medicines’ perceptions and attitudes in different classes and categories of consumers in New Zealand and Pakistan. This research letter also attempts to share our study experiences in which the contemporary issue of the underutilization of generic medicines in the Pakistani consumers was explored [2]). The site of the study was Karachi, which is considered to be a Mini-Pakistan as this cosmopolitan is representative of nearly all the ethnic and minority groups of the country [3]. Moreover, internal migration from all around Pakistan, simply in search of better livelihood, is towards Karachi and therefore, these internal migrants find settlements in the peri-urban areas of city [3]. Being of exploratory nature, this study...


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The principal author expresses her gratitude for the ‘USM Postgraduate Fellowship Program’.



Conflicts of interest



  1. 1.
    Babar Z-U-D, Stewart J, Reddy S, Alzaher W, Vareed P, Yacoub N, et al. An evaluation of consumers’ knowledge, perceptions and attitudes regarding generic medicines in Auckland. Pharm World Sci. 2010;32:440-8. doi: 10.1007/s11096-010-9402-0.Google Scholar
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    Jamshed S, Babar Z, Ibrahim MIM, Hassali MAA. Generic medicines as a way to improve access and affordability: a proposed framework for Pakistan. J Clin Diag Res. 2009;3(3):1596–600.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shazia Qasim Jamshed
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim
    • 2
  • Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali
    • 1
  1. 1.Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversiti Sains MalaysiaPenangMalaysia
  2. 2.Al-Qassim UniversityQassimSaudi Arabia

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