AMA stalling generic drug use: study

Doctors’ poor understanding of generic medicines and the AMA’s opposition to compelling medical practitioners to prescribing using International Non-proprietary Names (INNs), limit the use of the drugs in Australia, experts believe.

Between 2009 and 2010, only 19.5% of primary care prescriptions were written using the INN, compared with 82.7% in the UK, where generic prescribing is encouraged by the British Medical Association, and the price of off patent medicines is lower, Australian researchers found.

A survey of medical students indicated poor knowledge about generics,