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Table 5 Possible influencing factors related to selection and dispensing of generic medicines among the community pharmacist

From: Knowledge, attitudes and practices of community pharmacists on generic medicines in Palestine: a cross-sectional study

Factor Important influencing factor N (%) Neutral N (%) Unimportant influencing factor N (%)
Lack of belief in generic medicines 217 (71.9) 50 (16.6) 35 (11.6)
Availability of policies,law and regulations 188 (62.3) 76 (25.2) 38 (12.6)
Legal implication 167 (55.3) 98 (32.5) 37 (12.3)
Cheaper cost to the customer 241 (79.8) 34 (11.3) 27 (8.9)
Having no other choice 217 (71.9) 59 (19.5) 26 (8.6)
Consumer preference /demand 217 (71.9) 51 (16.9) 34 (11.3)
Availability of stock 219 (72.5) 43 (14.2) 40 (13.2)
Customer’s appearance or nationality 84 (27.8) 76 (25.2) 142 (47.0)
Cost effectiveness of generic medicines 254 (84.1) 26 (8.6) 22 (7.3)
Data or information about proven bioequivalence to original brand 216 (71.5) 55 (18.2) 31 (10.3)
Personal faith in the product 260 (86.1) 23 (7.6) 19 (6.3)
Substitution agreement with prescriber 228 (75.5) 51 (16.9) 23 (7.6)