Governments in both developed and developing countries have adopted generic drug substitution policies to decrease pharmaceutical expenditures and improve access to medicine. In August 2015, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in Lebanon introduced generic drug substitution and a unified medical prescription form as policy instruments to promote generic drug use. Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) conducted an exploratory study with the objective to examine the attitudes of community pharmacists and the reported practices in relation to the implementation of the new generic drug substitution policy.
In the study entitled "Pharmacists' views and reported practices in relation to a new generic drug substitution policy in Lebanon: a mixed methods study ," the researchers used a cross-sectional mixed methods approach composed of self-administered questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The study population consisted of community pharmacists in Lebanon. They randomly approached one pharmacy personnel from each selected community pharmacy. The researchers conducted descriptive analyses to assess responses to questionnaire and regression analyses to understand associations between responses and respondent demographics, and analyzed qualitative data thematically.