Published: 2018-03-23

A questionnaire-based study on knowledge and attitude towards counterfeit medication among the doctors in tertiary care hospital

Vijay Yadav, Navin Budania, Arka Mondal, Naveen Kumar, Ritesh Kumar, Vinod Kumar Bhardwaj, Vijay Kumar Chhockra, Nadish Garg, Aditi Punia, Priyamvada Sharma


Background: Counterfeit drugs are a global problem and suffered almost all developing and developed countries worldwide. In India, it is a major problem which results life threatening issues as well as financial loss on health system. So, we conducted a cross sectional questionnaire-based study on knowledge and exposure to counterfeit drugs of doctors at SHKM Govt. Medical College, Nuh, Haryana, India.

Methods: A structured questionnaire was distributed to 100 registered doctors. The questionnaire was based on knowledge, attitude and its consequence on the heath system by the practices of counterfeit medication.

Results: There were Twenty questionnaires excluded from the study due to incomplete information. Only 57.77% (46/80) subjects having the knowledge of questionnaire correct meaning of counterfeit drug. However, almost 90% (72/80) subjects were aware about its dangerous effects. More than 50% of the subjects have suggested that modern technology is capable to control counterfeiting of the medicine.

Conclusions: Counterfeit drugs create a people health hazard and waste to consumer income. The proper knowledge, awareness and modern technological approaches are the devices may helpful in diminution of counterfeit medication practices.



Counterfeit drug, Doctors, Medication

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