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Factors influencing prescribing decisions among physicians: an empirical study on generic drugs

Shamindra Nath Sanyal (Department of Management, Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata, India)
Saroj Kumar Datta (Accurate Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida, India)
Asok Kumar Banerjee (Department of Management, Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata, India)

International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing

ISSN: 1750-6123

Article publication date: 6 November 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the physicians’ attitude toward branded generic drugs in prescribing those drugs in some selective medical conditions and to identify the factors that influence physicians’ behavior toward prescribing branded generic drugs in the said selective medical conditions.

Design/methodology/approach

The study was carried out across six major cities in eastern India with 301 physicians. The current study introduced some significant elements into the modified technology acceptance model (TAM) with title the extended tam for product usage (TETPU) to analyze the prescribing factors that influence physicians in five common yet serious medical conditions in India. Out of nine factors considered here, seven were selected from the previous literature studies of different product segments and two were proposed by the authors. Demographic factor was proposed as the confounding variable.

Findings

The results indicated that apart from the factors “perceived no need” and “physicians’ perception and need achievement” rest of the factors showed satisfactory to excellent results.

Practical implications

The current study findings may enable the pharmaceutical managers to revise or modify their current marketing communication and other brand-building strategies so as to achieve a superior performance that offers them a competitive advantage.

Originality/value

The paper fulfils a need for advancing the knowledge on the physician’s prescription influencing factors by introducing the newer aspects of the concept and offers a theoretical framework for the academia and practical framework for the managers who desire to implement the strategies to achieve competitive advantage.

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Acknowledgements

Support from Dr Deepankar Sinha, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (Kolkata Campus), in explaining the concept of SEM is gratefully acknowledged.

Citation

Sanyal, S.N., Datta, S.K. and Banerjee, A.K. (2017), "Factors influencing prescribing decisions among physicians: an empirical study on generic drugs", International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 330-360. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPHM-06-2016-0031

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