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BLATT, Carine Raquel et al. General awareness and use of generic medication among citizens of Tubarão, state of Santa Catarina, Brazil . Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.1, pp.79-87. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012000100011.
Although generic medication has been introduced in the country to offer an accessible alternative to brand-name medication, it represents only 14% of sales in number of units within the pharmaceutical market. The aim of this work was to research the level of awareness and the use of generic products among residents of the municipality of Tubarão, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil. A transversal study was carried out with a sample of 234 interviewees, distributed among municipal areas. With regard to use, the majority of those interviewed had used generic medication, and half of them had at least one such product in their home. To verify awareness of different types of medication, pictures with the generic, brand name and similar packaging for paracetamol and atenolol were shown and 91% were able to identify all products correctly. To be of higher economic standing, already having used generic products, believing that the generic medication has the same effect as the brand name medication, finding generic products in drugstores easily and being accustomed to buy generic products, were factors that were positively associated with the correct identification.
Keywords : Generic medication; General awareness; Use of medication.