Journal: Journal of Pharmacy Research

Article Id: JPRS-PCS-00001406
Title: Generic industry’s perceptions of generic medicines policies and practices in Malaysia
Category: Pharmaceutics
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    Objectives: Post-patent entry of generic medicines has been shown to reduce overall drug expenditure and increase access to medicines. However, the implementation of progeneric policies and practices are needed to create incentives for generic medicines production by the generic industry. This study assesses the views of the Malaysian generic drug manufacturers on existing policies and generic demand-sides practices in Malaysia. Methods: Data was gathered by using a mail survey approach. The questionnaire was mailed to all the members (N ¼ 26) of the Malaysian Organization of Pharmaceutical Industries (MOPI) licensed to manufacture prescription medicines in Malaysia. Results: Usable response rate was 53.8% following four successive mailings. Majority of the respondents (64.3%) were dissatisfied with generic prescribing in Malaysia, while majority of the respondents (57.1%) were satisfied with generic dispensing. Fifty-percent of the respondentswere dissatisfied with generic public awareness and equal proportions (21.4%) were either very dissatisfied or unsure. A majority of the respondents (69.2%) were dissatisfied with generic medicines education and information to healthcare professionals in Malaysia. The relationship between respondents’ perceived level of generic public awareness and generic prescribing was positive and significant (rs =0.59, p ¼ 0.03). Government policies and regulationswere perceived to be fairly effective in promoting generic medicines in Malaysia by 42.9% and 35.7%of the respondents respectively.Apositive and significant relationshipwas observed between respondents’ scores on government policies and regulations (rs = 0.55, p ¼ 0.04). Conclusions: Overall, the generic industry perceived generic dispensing in Malaysia to be somewhat satisfactory. However, generic prescribing, generic public awareness and education of healthcare professionals on generics need to be enhanced to foster generic uptake in Malaysia. The generic industry expressed ambiguous perceptions on effectiveness of government policies and regulations in promoting generic medicines in Malaysia.

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    Omotayo Fatokun a,b,*, Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim c,
    Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali a

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    a Discipline of Social and Administrative Pharmacy, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang,
    Malaysia
    b Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    c College of Pharmacy, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

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    Omotayo Fatokun a,b,*, Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim c,
    Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali a

    Title:Generic industry’s perceptions of generic medicines policies and practices in Malaysia
    Journal:Journal of Pharmacy Research
    Vol(issue):7 (January )
    Year:2013
    Page No: (80-84)
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    Methodology:Pharmaceutical policies, Production Uptake
    Research Materials:Generic drugs

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Beliefs Generic drugs Pharmaceutical policies Production Uptake

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