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Table 3 Perception, prescription behavior and opinions towards the generic (2013)

From: Perception and attitude of Korean physicians towards generic drugs

Category Variables Answer % N
Perceptions Safe and effective
compared to original
Non-equivalent 71 210
Neutral 15.5 46
equivalent 13.5 40
Prescription behavior Patients’ OOP Consider 87.2 258
No consider 12.8 38
After policy reform Switch to the original 16.6 49
Switch to the generic 29.7 88
No switch 35.5 105
Don’t know 18.2 54
If the patients’ OOP burden is reduced Switch to the generic 65.5 194
No change 34.5 102
If the incentive is offered Switch to the generic 40.2 119
No change 59.8 177
Opinions Factors associated with generic substitution
(subjective response)
Same equivalent effects and safety as the original 86.5 256
Confidence of the pharmaceutical company 6.1 18
Physicians’ experience 5.7 17
Drug price 1.4 4
Hospital policy 0.3 1
Cost effective drug-use policy
(subjective response)
Incentive policy 14.9 44
Improvement of GD quality 12.8 38
Offering of drug information 12.5 37
Reasonable price 9.8 29
Independent prescription rights 4.1 12
Othersa
(some diverse opinions)
46 136
  1. aFor example, manage the rebate and bribe from pharmaceutical company, targeted therapies, new drug development and control duplicate and inappropriate drug therapies