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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Support from Dr Deepankar Sinha, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (Kolkata Campus), in explaining the concept of SEM is gratefully acknowledged.
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-06-2016-0031Download as .RIS
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