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A postal survey of pharmacist opinions regarding falsified medicines

J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 6(4): 242-249, 2018.

Short Communication | Comunicación Corta

Development and initial validation of a postal survey evaluation of community pharmacists’ opinion regarding falsified (counterfeit) medicines in Hampshire (UK)

[Desarrollo y validación inicial de evaluación de la opinión de los farmacéuticos de la comunidad con respecto a los medicamentos falsificados en Hampshire (Reino Unido)]

Ravina Barrett*, Hussein A. Al-Mousawi

University of Portsmouth, St Michael’s Building, White Swan Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2DT, United Kingdom.

*E-mail: ravina.barrett@port.ac.uk

Abstract

Context: Falsified-medicines pose a worldwide problem to patients, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies, and governments. Community pharmacists are usually the last points of contact with patients and can protect them by quarantining falsified medicines. Hence, their opinions are valuable in exploring how the profession can combat this.

Aims: To explore the opinion of pharmacists with respect to falsified medicines.

Methods: A postal survey was developed and distributed to 359 pharmacies via the local pharmaceutical committee in Hampshire, UK. Descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing was conducted. Hypothesis testing (95% CI, α = 0.05) will be conducted to identify any gender differences, differences based on years of experience and differences based on number of working hours per week.

Results: A 14% response rate was achieved. Pharmacists surveyed believe that falsified-medicines pose a significant problem to the profession on a five-point Likert scale (4.02 ± 1.078). A pharmacist’s intervention can prevent or disrupt the supply to patients (4.12 ± 0.824) and training courses can improve pharmacist’s knowledge (4.06 ± 0.843). Pharmacists are not confident and capable in identifying falsified-medicines (2.62 ± 1.105). This is surprising and unexpected because pharmacists are medicines-expert. A 10-item scale is validated (72.2% Cronbach alpha).

Conclusions: Falsified-medicines pose a small but significant and growing challenge to the profession. There is underutilization of the high street community pharmacist in identifying falsified-medicines. Healthcare professionals should report suspect counterfeits to the MHRA.

Keywords: counterfeit medicines; falsified medicines; pharmacists; survey.

Resumen

Contexto: Los medicamentos falsificados representan un problema mundial para los pacientes, los profesionales de la salud, las compañías farmacéuticas y los gobiernos. Los farmacéuticos en oficina de farmacia son el punto primario de contacto con los pacientes y pueden protegerlos detectando falsificaciones. Por lo tanto, sus opiniones son valiosas para explorar cómo la profesión puede combatir este problema.

Objetivos: Explorar la opinión de los farmacéuticos con respecto a los medicamentos falsificados.

Métodos: Se desarrolló una encuesta postal y se distribuyó a 359 farmacias a través del comité farmacéutico local en Hampshire, Reino Unido. Se realizaron cálculos estadísticos para refutar la hipótesis. Se estableció una hipótesis (95% IC, α = 0.05) con respecto a la identificación de medicamentos falsos, con diferencias basadas en años de experiencia y número de horas de trabajo por semana.

Resultados: La tasa de respuesta fue del 14%. Los farmacéuticos encuestados creen que los medicamentos falsificados representan un problema importante para la profesión en una escala de Likert de cinco puntos (4.02 ± 1.078). La intervención de un farmacéutico puede prevenir o interrumpir el suministro a los pacientes (4.12 ± 0.824) y los cursos de capacitación pueden mejorar el conocimiento del farmacéutico (4.06 ± 0.843). Los farmacéuticos se consideran con limitada capacidad de identificar medicamentos falsificados (2.62 ± 1.105). Este resultado contrasta con la experiencia y conocimientos que presentan con respecto a medicamentos. Se valida una escala de 10 ítems (72.2% alfa de Cronbach).

Conclusiones: Los medicamentos falsificados representan un problema creciente para la profesión. Hay una subutilización del farmacéutico de oficina de farmacia para identificar medicamentos falsificados. Los profesionales de la salud deben ser capaces de identificar y reportar falsificaciones sospechosas a los organismos correspondientes.

Palabras Clave: encuesta; medicamentos falsificados; farmacéuticos.

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Citation Format: Barrett R, Al-Mousawi HA (2018) Development and initial validation of a postal survey evaluation of community pharmacists' opinion regarding falsified (counterfeit) medicines in Hampshire (UK). J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 6(4): 242–249.

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Vietnamese pharmacists’ perception on generic drugs

J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 6(3): 136-147, 2018.

Original Article | Artículo Original

Acceptance and perceptions of generic substitution among pharmacists: A preliminary study in Vietnam

[Aceptación y percepción entre farmacéuticos sobre la sustitución de genéricos: Un estudio preliminar en Vietnam]

Quang Vinh Tran1, Thoai Dang Nguyen2, Tram Thi Huyen Nguyen3, Nhi Hoang Yen Ngo4, Trung Quang Vo1*

1Department of Pharmacy Administration, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam.
2Faculty of Pharmacy, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam.
3Department of Pharmacy, Ear-Nose-Throat Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam.
4Faculty of Pharmacy, Nguyen Tat Thanh University, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam.

*E-mail: voquangtrungdk@gmail.com

Abstract

Context: Over the last ten years, many research studies concerning pharmacists’ perceptions of generic medicines have been conducted worldwide, although this issue remains underexplored in Vietnam.

Aims: To evaluate pharmacists’ views on generic medicines and to investigate the generic substitution practices in community pharmacies in the context of Vietnam.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey comprising a 24-item self-administered anonymous questionnaire was distributed to 480 pharmacists in eleven provinces in southern Vietnam between December 2016 and March 2017. The main outcome measures were pharmacists’ views on generic medicines.

Results: Of the 480 pharmacists who received the questionnaire, the effective response rate was 35.63% (n=171 pharmacists); however, 45 pharmacists chose all three correct generic names. Some 47.3% of respondents indicated that all the products that are approved as exhibiting generic equivalence can be considered therapeutically equivalent to the innovator drugs. Yet, 25.2% of respondents agreed that generic medicines are of inferior quality to branded medicines. The pharmacists who graduated from universities and those who had undergone only a short period of training differed significantly in terms of their knowledge and perceptions. About 60.2% of pharmacists recommended generics over branded products. Approximately 89% of respondents disagreed with the notion of implementing certain compulsory generic substitutions in Vietnam.

Conclusions: The pharmacists who had completed only a short training period exhibited a lack of knowledge regarding generic names. This issue should hence be addressed by both pharmacy educators and relevant government agencies in order to ensure the wider use of generic products.

Keywords: acceptance; generic substitution; perception; pharmacist; Vietnam.

Resumen

Contexto: En los últimos diez años muchas investigaciones sobre las percepciones farmacéuticas de los medicamentos genéricos se han llevado a cabo en todo el mundo, pero esta área ha sido subexplorada en Vietnam.

Objetivos: Evaluar las opiniones de los farmacéuticos sobre los medicamentos genéricos e investigar las prácticas de sustitución genérica en las farmacias comunitarias en el contexto de Vietnam.

Métodos: Una encuesta transversal que comprendía un cuestionario anónimo autoadministrado de 24 ítems se distribuyó a 480 farmacéuticos en once provincias del sur de Vietnam entre diciembre de 2016 y marzo de 2017. Las principales medidas de resultado fueron los puntos de vista de los farmacéuticos sobre los medicamentos genéricos.

Resultados: De 480 farmacéuticos, la tasa de respuesta efectiva fue del 35,63% (171 farmacéuticos), sin embargo, sólo 45 farmacéuticos eligieron los tres nombres genéricos correctos. El 47,3% de los encuestados indicó que todos los productos que fueron aprobados como equivalencia genérica pueden ser considerados terapéuticamente equivalentes con los innovadores. El 25,2% de los encuestados estuvo de acuerdo en que los medicamentos genéricos eran de calidad inferior a las marcas. Los farmacéuticos se graduaron en las universidades y los que recibieron capacitación en un período corto fueron significativamente diferentes en sus conocimientos y percepciones. Alrededor del 60,2% de los farmacéuticos recomendaron medicamentos genéricos sobre los productos de marca. El margen de beneficio, la reputación de la empresa y la demanda local afecta estrictamente la adquisición de genéricos. Aproximadamente, el 89% de los farmacéuticos no estuvieron de acuerdo en implementar ciertas sustituciones genéricas obligatorias en Vietnam.

Conclusiones: Los farmacéuticos de corta formación carecen de información sobre nombres genéricos. Los farmacéuticos vietnamitas no confían en el sistema genérico de fabricación y/o aprobación. Este tema debe ser abordado por educadores de farmacia y agencias gubernamentales relevantes para investigaciones más amplias.

Palabras Clave: aceptación; farmacéutico; percepción; sustitución genérica; Vietnam.

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Citation Format: Tran QV, Nguyen TD, Nguyen TTH, Ngo NHY, Vo TQ (2018) Acceptance and perceptions of generic substitution among pharmacists: A preliminary study in Vietnam. J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 6(3): 136–147.
This article has been cited by:
Nguyen VP, Vo TQ (2018) Pharmacy students’ perceptions of generic medicines in Southern Vietnam. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutics Jan-March 2018 (Special Issue): S57–S64. Website
Le PH, Phuong Nguyen MT, Ngoc Vu OT, Nguyen TD, Huyen Nguyen TT, Vo TQ (2018) A cross-sectional study exploring the knowledge, perceptions, and factors influencing prescriptions of Vietnamese physicians with regard to generic medicines. Asian Journal of Pharmaceutics Jan-March 2018 (Special Issue): S73–S80. Website

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C 036: IMPACT OF RARE DISEASES IN THE HEALTH POLICIES IN COUNTRIES UNDER DEVELOPMENT. EXPERIENCES AT LATIN-AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

J Pharm Pharmacogn Res 2(Suppl. 1): S108, 2014

Special supplement with the abstract book of LATINFARMA 2013

Conference

C 036: IMPACT OF RARE DISEASES IN THE HEALTH POLICIES IN COUNTRIES UNDER DEVELOPMENT. EXPERIENCES AT LATIN-AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN (LA&C)

Llera VA.

ICORD/GEISER, Argentina.
Abstract

The inclusion of the Rare Diseases as a nosology within Public Health was an initiative from the affected citizens living in USA during the 70´s. Ten years after, in such country and in collaboration with public institutions, the first specific law was approved in 1983 (The Orphan Drug Act). The law defined the rare conditions and its treatments: the orphan drugs. After thirty years from this first step, the concept was reinforced in the developed world, and the R&D expansion and investment was six fold increased from basal, especially in the biotechnological area. Afterward LA&C was visualized handed by GEISER Foundation, starting at 2002. Following 8 years of lobbying national laws were incorporated at the official agenda of many LA&C countries. This new scenario in the region validates open debates that facilitate approaching and links in the region. The GEISER Foundation proposal is the translation of the technological management within the region in search of a rationale and a strong unified position, which in turn may provide accessible medical solutions for the people affected by the rare diseases.