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A Challenge Facing the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Sector: Quality and Affordability of the National Medications

Abubaker Abdellah1*, Noordin MI2,3, Shaden AM Khalifa4, Rafdzah Zaki5, Ahmad S Sulaiman6, Ali Abedallah7 and Hesham R El-Seedi8,9

1Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2Malaysian Institute of Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals, Penang

3Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur

4Department of Experimental Hematology, Karolinska University Hospital, SE-141 86 Stockholm, Sweden

5Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Julius Centre University of Malaya University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

6Centre for Compliance and Licencing, National Pharmaceutical Control Bureau, Ministry of Health, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

7Department Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Khartoum, Sudan

8Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

9Division of Pharmacognosy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Uppsala University, Box 574, SE-75 123, Uppsala, Sweden

*Corresponding Author:
Abubaker Abdellah Ahmed
Pharmacy Department, Faculty of Medicine
University of Malaya, Post code. 50603
Kuala lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +603-7967 5768
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: 29/04/2016 Accepted date: 13/06/2016 Published date: 18/06/2016



Background: Enhancing public satisfaction of the quality and affordability of medicines is an important task in health services. Objective: This study was intended to assess the trust and acceptance of public concerning quality and affordability of locally manufactured medicines in Malaysia. Methodology: A cross sectional study was performed, and a validated Likert scale questionnaire was used in this study. The results were analyzed using the statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software version 20. A total of 544 questionnaires were collected from three major cities in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Baru). The respondents aged between 20 and 60 years. Results: Most of the respondents were satisfied with the quality (65.1%) and affordability (66%) of manufactured medicines in Malaysia. Furthermore, (45%) of respondents in Malaysia prefer locally manufactured medicines. However, there is concern about the escalating prices and hence demonstrates the need for price regulation, as asserted by the majority in Malaysia (88.9%). Conclusion: Medicine’s price control is one of the demands declared by Malaysian public. Moreover, majority of public have an opinion that quality of life, quality of medicines and prices are correlated


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