Assessment of Knowledge and Perception of Biological Medicines among Undergraduate Pharmacy Students in North India: A Multi-centric Study

    Published on:June 2020
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2020; 12(2):xx-xx
    Original Article | doi:10.5530/jyp.2020.12.x
    Authors:

    Zeenat Iqbal1, Mohd. Aamir Mirza1,*, Mohammad Daud Ali2

    1Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmaceutical Education and Research(SPER), Jamia Hamdard, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi, INDIA.

    2Department of Pharmacy, Mohammed Al-Mana College for Medical Sciences, Abdulrazaq Bin Hammam Street, As Safa, Dammam, SAUDI ARABIA.

    Abstract:

    Objectives: In the current study, we have evaluated pharmacy undergrad student’s knowledge and perceptions towards this class of drug products. Methods: A random survey of 349 pharmacy students of six different pharmacy colleges from north India was carried out on an online-based questionnaire system to investigative knowledge and attitude towards biological/biosimilar. Chi-square test was used for the computation of P-value. Results: Out of 349 students, 80.22% of students have good knowledge about the same. 44.12% responded that the products are generally safe while 60.74% responded that these products don’t produce any kind of adverse drug reaction. 62.18% students were not updated about ADR reporting system in India. But the students think that its knowledge is important but the educational training has been inadequate. Conclusion: Due to unawareness about biological products, there is a need to address the knowledge gap in graduating pharmacy students. Lack of knowledge could be overcome by upgrading the curriculum or through professional development courses.

    Key words: ADR (Adverse Drug reaction), Biosimilars, Perception, Pharmacy student, Knowledge; North India.