ISSN : 0975-9492


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Title : Knowledge and attitudes of Greek Physicians towards generic prescribing after the economic crisis
Authors : Frouzi Elpiniki, Chatzea Vasiliki Eirini, Sifaki Pistolla Dimitra, Saridi Maria, Rekleiti Maria, Kyriakos Souliotis
Keywords : generics, drug prescribing, active substance, pharmaceutical policy, Crete.
Issue Date : October 2013
Abstract :
Purpose: The aim of the present study is to estimate the penetration of generics, detect factors that deter their prescribing, and suggest measures that could potentially increase their utilization in the Greek pharmaceutical market.
Methods: The study was conducted during 2011-2012. 215 questionnaires were completed by doctors of both private and public health sector, after a pilot study. Non- parametric chi-square testing and binary logistic regression were applied to assess the potential impact of doctors’ demographic characteristics on their attitude towards generic substitution and INN (International Non-proprietary Name) prescription.
Results: 68.8% of doctors reported that they had prescribed generics. 56.1% of them had prescribed generics at a frequency of <20%. Working years, working sector, and medical specialty were significantly associated with generic prescribing. Doctors working at the prefecture of Chania (OR=1.2; CI= 1.025-1.429 and p value= 0.03), hospital physicians (OR=1.65, CI=1.028-3.046, p=0.04), and pulmonologists (OR=2.60, CI=1.034-4.164, p=0.01) had a higher probability of prescribing generics. Hospital physicians demonstrated greater probability of INN prescribing (OR=1.8, CI=0.034-2.836, p<0.001).
Conclusions: Our study inserts a new parameter regarding active substance prescribing, suggesting the need for further research on patients’ and pharmacists’ attitudes towards generic substitution.
Page(s) : 125-133
ISSN : 0975-9492
Source : Vol. 4, No.10