Survey question/statement

Response

P  Value

SD (%)

D (%)

N (%)

A (%)

SA (%)

Gender

University

Generic medicine  is bioequivalent to its brand medicine

36(6.6)

305(55.9)

79(14.5)

79(14.5)

47(8.6)

0.822¥

0.013*

Generic medicine must  contain the same dose as the brand medicine

98(17.9)

223(40.8)

110(20.1)

85(15.6)

30(5.5)

0.347¥

0.935¥

Generic medicines must be in the same dosage forms (e.g. tablet, capsules) as the brand name medicines.

174(31.9)

192(35.2)

90(16.5)

75(13.7)

15(2.7)

0.006¥

0.494¥

Generic medicines are of lower quality compared to brand name medicine.

57(10.4)

34(6.2)

78(14.3)

207(37.9)

170(31.1)

0.059¥

<0.001*

Generic medicines are less effective as compared to the brand name medicines

14(2.6)

47(8.6)

121(22.2)

201(36.8)

163(29.9)

0.396¥

0.570*

Generic medicines produce more side effects compared to the brand name medicines.

40(7.3)

84(15.4)

86(15.8)

201(36.8)

135(24.7)

0.155¥

0.047*

Generic medicines are less expensive than brand medicines

19(3.5)

17(3.1)

49(9)

283(51.8)

178(32.6)

0.224¥

<0.001*

Brand name medicines are required to meet higher safety standards than generic medicines.

41(7.5)

44(8.1)

85(15.6)

200(36.6)

176(32.2)

0.292¥

0.397*


Note: SD= Strongly Disagree, D=Disagree, N = Neutral, A = Agree, SA = strongly agree
*Fisher exact test
¥ chi-square
Table 6: The responses to other questions about understanding of brand name versus generic name are shown in Table.
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