Research Article | Volume: 5, Issue: 8, August, 2015

Assessment of Medical and Pharmacy Students’ Knowledge & Perceptions about Generic Medicines’ Prices & Quality in Kabul- Afghanistan

Mohammad Bashaar Mohamed Azmi Hassali Fahad Saleem Asrul Akmal Shafie   

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Published:  Aug 28, 2015

DOI: 10.7324/JAPS.2015.50816
Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to assess medical and pharmacy students’ knowledge and perception about generic medicines’ prices and quality in Kabul Afghanistan. Method: Convenience sampling was perfomed. The sample size was determined using RAOSOFT calculator by using 95% confidence interval with a margin of error of 5%. Results: Among the calculated sample size of 255, in total 220 (response rate 86.27%), 95 pharmacy and 125 medical students agreed to participate in the survey. SPSS version 16 was used for data analysis. Overall, 67.84% of the respondents had knowledge about generic medicines, while 80.39% expressed their concern about the quality of generic medicines. During the analysis it was found that 98.2% respondents were strongly agreed that can control the cost of the treatment if generic medicines are used, and 65% of the interviewees suggested that highest patient prices of branded medicines has increased inclination towards the prescription of generic medicines. While in regards to the quality of generic medicines 44.8% of the respondents asserted, that safety, effectiveness and quality of generics is their major concerns. Conclusion: The current study emphasizes that awareness and knowledge about generic medicines is required. Concerns about the quality and prices of generic medicines should be addressed to ensure the access of safe and cost-effective generic medicines.


Keyword:     Generic Medicine Medicine Quality and Price Medical and Pharmacy Student Kabul Afghanistan.


Citation:

Mohammad Bashaar, Prof. Mohamed Azmi Hassali, Fahad Saleem, Asrul Akmal Shafie. Assessment of Medical and Pharmacy Students‟ Knowledge & Perceptions About Generic Medicines‟ Prices & Quality in Kabul - Afghanistan. J App Pharm Sci, 2015; 5 (08): 100-104.

Copyright:The Author(s). This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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