Knowledge and Perception of Pharmacy Students about Generic Medicine in India: Web-based Cross-sectional Study

    Published on:December 2021
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2021; 13(4):417-422
    Original Article | doi:10.5530/jyp.2021.13.100

    Amar Prashad Chaudhary*, Adna Nelson K, Narayan Sah Sonar, Jamuna TR

    Department of Pharmacy Practice, Mallige College of Pharmacy, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA.


    Background: Globally, India being the largest provider of generic drugs, the students of all cadres of pharmacy need to have proper knowledge about generic drugs and their significance in the market, as well as in the lives of the consumers of the country. Objectives: The principal aim of this study is to compare and comprehend the knowledge and perceptions of B.Pharm, M.Pharm, and Pharm.D students regarding generic medications. Methods: A cross-sectional web-based investigation was conducted for this study in September 2020. For this study, a semi-structured question-naire of 22 items with four sections was constructed. They are the social demographic section, overall knowledge of generic medicine section, safety and efficacy of generic medicine section and the perception section. For this study, a quantitative analysis was carried out. Results: Significant difference exists in knowledge among these cadres regarding the marketing of generic medicine after the expiry of the patent right of innovator drug with a P-value of <0.01**. It is found that there exists a difference in knowl- edge regarding efficacy, adverse effects, and safety of generic medicine among these cadres with a P-value less than <0.001***. While comparing the perception of these cadres about the generic drug, there is a statisti-cally significant vast difference. Conclusion: This study finds a significant disparity in knowledge and perceptions of generic medications across B.Pharm, M.Pharm, and Pharm.D students.

    Key words: B.Pharm, Pharm.D, M.Pharm, Generic medicine, Branded medicine, Pharmacy.

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