Recent Findings in Social and Administrative Pharmacy Described by J.N. Howard and Colleagues (Influencers of generic drug utilization: A systematic review)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Pharma Business Week Investigators publish new report on Drugs and Therapies - Social and Administrative Pharmacy. According to news reporting originating from Columbia, Maryland, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "With an increase in prescription drug spending and rising drug costs there is a need to encourage the use of generic prescription drugs. However, maximizing generic drug use is not possible without the public's positive perception and meeting their informational needs about generic drugs."
Financial support for this research came from Food and Drug Administration (see also Drugs and Therapies - Social and Administrative Pharmacy).
Our news editors obtained a quote from the research, "Thus, improving the public's confidence in, and knowledge of generic drugs on the market is critical. The objective of this systematic review is to examine and evaluate the studies focusing on the nature and extent of key factors influencing generic drug use in the United States in order to help guide policy, education and practice interventions. Using multiple search engines and key word screening criteria, empirical studies published in English between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2015 were identified. A qualitative synthesis of the evidence identified domains of key factors that influenced generic drug use across studies. Over 3000 citations met the key word screening criteria; 67 of these met inclusion criteria for the systematic review. Seven domains of factors that influence generic drug utilization were identified: 1) patient-related factors, 2) formulary management or cost containment, 3) healthcare policies, 4) promotional activities, 5) educational initiatives, 6) technology, and 7) physician-related factors. Patients, physicians, pharmacists, formulary managers, and policymakers play an important role in generic drug use."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Understanding the factors influencing generic drug use can help guide future policy, education, and practice interventions to increase generic drug use."
For more information on this research see: Influencers of generic drug utilization: A systematic review. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy, 2018;14(7):619-627. Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Inc, 360 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010-1710, USA. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy - www.journals.elsevier.com/research-in-social-and-administrative-pharmacy/)
The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.N. Howard LLC, IMPAQ Int, Columbia, MD 21044, United States. Additional authors for this research include I. Harris, G. Frank, Z. Kiptanui, J.J. Qian and R. Hansen.
The direct object identifier (DOI) for that additional information is: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sapharm.2017.08.001. This DOI is a link to an online electronic document that is either free or for purchase, and can be your direct source for a journal article and its citation.
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