This survey was done to find out the attitudes of physicians about the Generics Act of 1988. This was conducted in two government hospitals, San Lazaro (SLH) and Jose Reyes (JRH) Hospitals and a private hospital, Far Eastern University Hospital. A close-ended questionnaire was used.
One hundred-forty-one respondents were interviewed. Thirty (22%) favored the law and 111 (78%) did not. SLH and FEUH physicians favored law as compared to JRH physicians ( p 0.05 ). Lowering the drug price (90%) was the most common reason respondents favored the law. Drug substitution (90%) by the pharmacist was the most common reason physicians did not favor the law. No external influences, such as the media and the PMA, swayed the respondents to favor or not favor the law. Residents, government affiliation and previous experience with generic prescribing were associated with using generic prescribing (p-value.01). Ninety six 68 % used generic at the time of the survey.
The generic law was not favored by the majority of physicians even though they used generic prescribing. The merits of the law and the issues raised by influential people did not influence the respondents in their decision. The government should hold dialogues between physicians and pharmacists and present plans and objectives to assure the efficacy and safety of the generic drugs