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CARVALHO, Maria Cleide Ribeiro Dantas de et al. Social representations of generic drugs by pharmacists: determination of the central and peripheral representational systems. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.1, pp.226-234. ISSN 0102-311X.

This article aimed to identify the central and peripheral systems in social representations of generic drugs by pharmacists, as well as their social and economic profile, thereby establishing potential mechanisms for improving policies for generic drugs in Brazil. The data collection instruments were a questionnaire and a word association test, the inductive cue of which was the term "generic drug". Data collected through the questionnaire produced a profile of pharmacists in the city of Natal, Rio Grande do Norte State, and key information related to the theme. Data analysis for the word association test used Evoc 99 software while content analysis used Bardin, thereby identifying the central system in social representations of generic drugs, consisting of the categories price, quality, and credibility, while the peripheral system consisted of the categories pharmaceutical care, social impact, novelty, accessibility, options, and interchangeability.

Keywords : Generic Drugs; Pharmacists; Pharmaceutical Services.

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