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Physician Awareness of their Patients' Beliefs
about Generic Medications

Presented by the University of Alabama School of Medicine
Division of Continuing Medical Education

Release Date: July 30, 2012
Expiration Date: July 30, 2015

Target Audience
CME Participation
Accreditation & Credit


Primary care physicians

Upon completion of this CME activity, participants should be able to:
  1. Review the evidence indicating that generic medications are equivalent to brand name medications.
  2. Review the high prevalence of medication non-adherence among patients with chronic illnesses and to review barriers that contribute to medication non-adherence, including costs.
  3. Review results of a focus group study revealing specific beliefs surrounding generic medications and the issue of potency which could contribute to medication non-adherence.
  4. Provide tools for discussions on generic medications, including evidence-based guidelines.
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Monika Safford, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine
Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education

Kristin Whatley, BS
Student Assistant

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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The authors have no relevant financial relationships related to the content of this activity to disclose.

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Because of the nature of preliminary studies, some products mentioned are unlabeled and investigational. Dosages, indications, and methods of use of drugs mentioned in this publication may reflect the experience of the authors, clinical literature, or other resources. Therefore, please see the full prescribing information before using any licensed product mentioned.


PRE-TEST: For this online course, we have added a pre-test before you begin the course. At the bottom of this page, you will see the link to the pre-test. After completing the pre-test, you will begin the online course.

POST-TEST: Effective July 1, 2011, enduring materials are required to provide an assessment of the learner that measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objectives of the activity. For our online enduring materials, the UAB Division of CME has begun implementing a post-test questionnaire. This course contains 12 content-related questions. Upon completion of the course, you will be directed to the post-test questionnaire. To receive your CME certificate, you must score a minimum of 80% on the post-test.

To participate in this online course for CME credit, please review the objectives before beginning the program. Complete the course and the self-assessment test before July 30, 2015 to receive CME credit. Your certificate will then be available online. This process should take approximately 1 hour.

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The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The boards of nursing in many states, including Alabama, recognize Category 1 continuing medical education courses as acceptable activities for the renewal of license to practice nursing.

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Dosages, indications, and methods of use of any drug referred to in this publication may reflect the clinical experience of the authors, clinical literature, or other clinical resources. Therefore, please see the full prescribing information before using any product mentioned. UAB is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
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The effective treatment of chronic illness can present many challenges in that it not only requires the proper medication(s) for a given patient, but it also involves the long-term cooperation of the patient and their adherence to the medication regimen. Even if the patient has the right medications, if they do not take their medications regularly and as prescribed, the treatment is ineffective. There are numerous reasons why patients do not take their medications as physicians recommend. An important and common reason is cost. Although generic medications are in general less expensive, there is some evidence that attitudes towards generic medications may make patients resistant to change despite the cost savings. The goal of this education experience is to heighten physician awareness of barriers to medication adherence in their patients, including beliefs about generic medications. The experience also provides tools for detecting medication non-adherence in patients with chronic illnesses, and provides evidence on the effectiveness of physician-led discussions about medication adherence with their patients.

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Please click the link below to take the pre-test. Once you have taken the pre-test, you will be directed to the course.

To take the test click here!


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