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Table 2 Definition of generic medicines

From: “No generics, Doctor!” The perspective of general practitioners in two French regions

  N % 95% CI
How would you define generic medicines? (Several possible responses)
 Same active substance as the originator 246 77.8 74.7–80.7
 More economical 80 25.3 22.3–28.6
 Different excipients 68 21.5 18.7–24.6
 Poor-quality copy 35 11.1 9.0–13.6
 Off-patent 34 10.8 8.7–13.2
 Equivalent to the originator 34 10.8 8.7–13.2
 Different presentation 18 5.7 4.2–7.6
 Produced by a different laboratory than the originator 17 5.4 4.0–7.3
 Efficacy equivalent to the originator 13 4.1 2.9–5.8
 Name conforms with the INNa 10 3.2 2.1–4.7
 Identical quality to the originator 2 0.6 0.3–1.6
 Bioequivalent to the originator 1 0.3 0.0–1.1
 Safety equivalent to the originator 0 0 0
  1. aINN, International Non-proprietary Name
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