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Table 3 Attitudes of physicians towards generic prescribing

From: Factors influencing prescribing behaviour of physicians in Greece and Cyprus: results from a questionnaire based survey

  What do you think about the quality of generic drugs in comparison to their branded ones?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
Excellent 4.71% 3.11% 1.60% 0.240
Satistactory 46.54% 56.99% -10.45% 0.006
Average 31.92% 32.64% -0.72% 0.842
Rather bad 10.29% 5.18% 5.11% 0.005
Bad 6.54% 2.07% 4.47% 0.000
  What do you think about the safety of generics in comparison to their branded ones?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
Excellent 5.31% 6.22% -0.91% 0.614
Satistactory 49.57% 61.66% -12.09% 0.001
Average 29.76% 26.42% 3.34% 0.326
Rather bad 8.99% 4.66% 4.33% 0.011
Bad 6.38% 1.04% 5.34% 0.000
  What do you think about the effectiveness of generics in comparison to their branded ones?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
Excellent 5.79% 2.59% 3.20% 0.015
Satistactory 46.62% 59.59% -12.97% 0.001
Average 33.49% 32.12% 1.37% 0.690
Rather bad 8.40% 3.11% 5.29% 0.000
Bad 5.69% 2.59% 3.10% 0.021
  How often do you prescribe a generic product instead of a branded one?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
Very often 3.65% 13.99% -10.34% 0.000
Often 21.55% 52.85% -31.30% 0.000
Rarely 47.26% 27.98% 19.28% 0.000
Hardly ever 27.54% 5.18% 22.36% 0.000
  Do you think it is feasible to implement a prescribing system based on the INN?
  Greece Cyprus Difference p-value
Very feasible 15.21% 17.62% -2.41% 0.397
Feasible 37.62% 39.38% -1.76% 0.631
Rather impossible 30.60% 32.64% -2.04% 0.567
Impossible 16.56% 10.36% 6.20% 0.011