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Overview of clinical research on generics in 2012

Period: January to August 2012 

Generic drug alternatives to brand-name prescription medications are becoming increasingly important in the global drug market as governments strive to contain healthcare costs and as an increasing number of prescription drugs lose patent protection.

Suggestions for increasing generics use in Abu Dhabi

This concluding article in a series of three suggests ways of improving the use of generics in Abu Dhabi.

Use of generics in Abu Dhabi

The second of three articles examining how to increase generics use in Abu Dhabi.

Maximising the potential of generics in Abu Dhabi

All residents in Abu Dhabi have access to health care via mandatory health insurance. Nationals, who comprise 20% of the population with two-thirds under 30 years of age and half under 19 years of age, have automatic access to comprehensive health care funded by the government. In 2008, all nationals received cards giving free access to health care and choice of provider in both the public and private sectors [1].

Misunderstandings regarding generics in Pakistan

This article is the third of three articles covering the results of a survey investigating the knowledge, perception and attitude of general practitioners (GPs) towards generic medicines in Karachi, Pakistan [1].

Facts about generics for patients

The costs of health care are rising across Europe through ageing populations resulting in more patients with chronic diseases, stricter clinical targets for managing patients with long term (chronic) diseases, the continued launch of new and more expensive drugs as well as rising patient expectations.

Attitude of general practitioners towards generics in Pakistan

The second of a series of three articles reports on a survey aimed at exploring the knowledge, perception and attitude of general practitioners towards generic medicines in Karachi, Pakistan [1].

Generics in Pakistan

This is the first of a series of three articles on the problems facing Pakistan in making health care affordable to ordinary people.

Management of drugs shortages

The number, range and duration of drug shortages in the US appear to be, at best, maintaining the levels seen in the recent past. It is now becoming essential for institutions to draft formal policies and procedures to manage them. An article by two hospital pharmacists summarises the information available and outlines the steps needed to make the best of the situation [1].

Attitudes and beliefs are powerful influences on generics use

While generic drugs have the potential to provide significant savings in healthcare costs, and numerous financial incentives are in place, the generics substitution rate in Switzerland was, until recently, lower than expected. A report by Decollogny et al. shows that attitudes and beliefs among patients and physicians have a powerful influence on prescribing practice, suggesting that educational campaigns could potentially provide a significant boost to generics use [1].

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