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Table 5 Proposals for improving the acceptability of generic medicines

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

  N % 95% CI
What measures do you think could make it easier to prescribe generics and make them more acceptable? (Several possible answers)
 Public education and information campaigns for patients 105 33.2 29.9–36.7
 Identical presentation and dosage form for generics and originators 85 26.9 23.8–30.2
 Harmonization of communication between practitioners and pharmacists 45 14.2 11.9–17.0
 More information given to the patient by the physician 44 13.9 11.6–16.6
 More studies demonstrating the equivalence of generics and originators 35 11.1 9.0–13.6
 Abandonment of brand names 33 10.4 8.4–12.9
 Initial prescription by INN a 30 9.5 7.6–11.8
 Financial penalties for patients 26 8.2 6.4–10.5
 More transparency about the manufacturing process of generics 24 7.6 5.9–9.8
 More transparency about the manufacturing origins of generics 20 6.3 4.8–8.3
 Education and information campaigns aimed at physicians 17 5.4 4.0–7.3
 Harmonization of communication between general practitioners and other specialists 12 3.8 2.6–5.5
 Financial penalties for physicians 5 1.6 0.9–2.8
 Financial incentives for patients 1 0.3 0.0–1.1
 Financial incentives for physicians 0 0 0
  1. aINN, International Non-proprietary Name
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