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International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 497–503 | Cite as

Consumers’ perception of generic substitution in Iran

  • Nazila Yousefi
  • Gholamhossein MehralianEmail author
  • Farzad Peiravian
  • Samaneh NourMohammadi
Research Article

Abstract

Background The growth of pharmaceutical expenditure and patients’ out of pocket has motivated policy makers to encourage patients to substitution of brands medicines with their generic alternatives called generic substitution. Objectives As the patients are final decision makers to accept generic substitution, the aim of this study is to evaluate the patient perception about generic medicines and underlying factors which can promote the generic acceptance. Setting The study was done in community pharmacies in Tehran, the capital city of Iran. Method A cross-sectional descriptive study inviting people purchasing their drug at community pharmacies were per-formed using a self-administrated anonymous questionnaire (N=1309). Main outcomes measures besides the demographic section, 16 items of developed questionnaire were categorized to five main factors including: patients’ perception about efficiency, safety and cost of generic medicines, patient trust on physicians and pharmacists’ advice. Results Findings of completed questionnaires showed among the aforementioned factors the physician has the first priority to encourage patients to use of generics medicines which followed respectively by pharmacist’s role, cost of medicines, efficacy, and safety concerns. Conclusion In conclusion, the trust of Iranian’s society on the physicians and pharmacists advice would create a credible opportunity to reduce pharmaceutical expenditures as well as patients’ out of pocket by promotion of generic substitution.

Keywords

Consumers’ perception Generic substitution Iran Pharmaceutical policy 

Notes

Funding

No financial support was obtained for this study.

Conflicts of interests

Authors have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nazila Yousefi
    • 1
  • Gholamhossein Mehralian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Farzad Peiravian
    • 1
  • Samaneh NourMohammadi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharma Management, School of PharmacyShahid Beheshti University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  2. 2.School of PharmacyIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran

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