Medicines are vital component of any health system worldwide, and ensuring accessibility of affordable, effective and safe medications is a critical public policy goal considered by every country. Egypt has, recently, faced aggravated challenges in ensuring the availability of medications countrywide. In response, the Egyptian government has adopted a number of pharmaceutical policies and interventions, mainly, targeting the supply side of the market. Promoting the use of generic medicines is an effective policy intervention that addresses the demand side, a highly recommended intervention given other countries’ experiences. As the main users of medications, patients are a crucial source of knowledge for decision and policymakers. Therefore, prior to implementing any policy intervention to promote the use of generic medicines, it is vital to assess their knowledge and understand their perspectives towards generic medicines, as a quality-insured, cost-effective, and therapeutically equivalent alternative.


School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Public Policy & Administration Department

Degree Name

MA in Public Policy

Graduation Date

Fall 10-1-2019

Submission Date


First Advisor

Ali, Hamid Eltigani

Committee Member 1

El Baradei, Laila

Committee Member 2

Nasser, Nesreen


186 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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First and foremost, I thank God for the love, protection and endurance, his Almighty has provided me over the years. The writing of this thesis was a journey that was filled with peaks of happiness and troughs of challenges and disappointments. Its completion was only possible with the extraordinary support I received from my family, friends, professors, colleagues, and my boss. I am grateful to Dr. Hamid Ali, the associate professor of Public Policy and Administration, for his support, guidance, and help. It was a great honor and privilege for me to work under his supervision and be one of his students. I would like to express my deep gratitude to Dr. Laila El Baradei, the professor of Public Policy and Administration, and Dr. Nesreen Nasser, the assistant professor of Public Policy and Administration, for the time they spared reading the thesis, and for their constructive discussions, valuable critiques and insights put into it. I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the generous and supportive Youssef Jameel Public Leadership Program for their faith in the value of education, and for granting me such invaluable learning experience. I am highly indebted to my eternal cheerleader and sister Basma Elmoneer, my special friends and colleagues Amany Mahran and Passant Elwy, as well as my sister-friends Yasmine Sherif and Maram Medhat for their unconditional support and encouragements. Finally, I must express my very profound gratitude to my lovely parents, my angelic sisters, and the little ones; Omar, Farida, and Talida El-Shibely for their unconditional love, unwavering support and continuous encouragement throughout my years of study and through the process of researching and writing this thesis. This accomplishment would not have been possible without them. Thank you all!

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