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Table 2 Unifying themes and contributing sub-themes from pharmacist papers

From: What do people really think of generic medicines? A systematic review and critical appraisal of literature on stakeholder perceptions of generic drugs

Theme Sub-themes Examples of contributing papers
Pharmacists’ concerns regarding patient understanding of generic medicines and substitution, patient safety and compliance with treatments a. Patient confusion [14, 5153, 56, 58]
b. Concerns regarding interchangeability [13, 14, 51, 53, 54, 56, 58]
c. Problems with patient compliance [13, 51, 53, 56]
Pharmacists’ understanding of generic medicines and substitution, and pharmacists’ confidence in quality, efficacy and safety of generic medicines a. Level of confidence in knowledge [15, 53, 55, 56, 58]
b. Hospital-based pharmacists versus community pharmacists [13]
c. Need to contact prescriber [51]
d. Belief that the patient prefers physician opinion [52, 53, 58]
e. Requirement for adverse event reporting [54, 56]
Practical aspects of pharmacists’ practice as affected by generic medicines and substitution a. Financial incentives by pharmaceutical industry [13, 15, 52, 5658]
b. Increased pharmacist workload [13, 51, 53, 54, 56, 58]
c. Adverse effect on stocking levels [14, 51, 53]
d. Influence of industry representatives [15, 52, 58]
Pharmacists’ suggestions to improve generic medicine use and education of stakeholders a. General education needed [14, 15, 5258]
b. Patients should have a role in medication decision [51, 53]
c. Need for change in prescribing patterns [52, 53, 57, 58]