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The prescribing physician's influence on consumer choice between medically equivalent pharmaceuticals
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics. (HUI Research, Stockholm, Sweden)
Department of Economics, Dalarna University, Borlänge, Sweden. (HUI Research, Stockholm, Sweden)
2012 (English)In: Review of Industrial Organization, ISSN 0889-938X, E-ISSN 1573-7160, Vol. 41, no 3, 207-222 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a study of the prescribing physician's influence on consumers' choice between medically equivalent pharmaceuticals. The study was performed using a dataset of 666,000 observations in which consumers were asked whether they were prepared to pay the price difference in order to obtain the prescribed pharmaceutical instead of the cheapest available substitute. The main results support the hypothesis that prescribing physicians have an impact on consumers' choice between medically equivalent pharmaceutical products.

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Dordrecht: Springer, 2012. Vol. 41, no 3, 207-222 p.
Keyword [en]
brand loyalty, branded generics, doctors, parallel import, generic competition, secondary brand
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61350DOI: 10.1007/s11151-012-9347-7ISI: 000309582000004OAI: diva2:570683
Available from: 2012-11-20 Created: 2012-11-12 Last updated: 2014-10-09Bibliographically approved

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