Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy


Counterfeit Medicines, Knowledge, Awareness, Pharmacy Students, Cavite


There is a rising concern among authorities and communities about the quality of medicines being distributed in various places in the Philippines. There is a penetration of drugs in the market that are not in the qualified standards, such as not being what the product claims, lacking directions of use, damaged goods, and ineffective items. The main objective of the study was to determine the factors that affect the level of knowledge and awareness of pharmacy students on counterfeit medicines. It also aimed to determine if there is a relationship between the level of knowledge and awareness of pharmacy students about counterfeit medicines. A cross-sectional study was conducted among pharmacy students of De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute Dr. Mariano Que College of Pharmacy (DLSMHSI-DMQCP) in Dasmarinas City, Cavite who were chosen via stratified random sampling and convenience sampling. Data gathering was carried out with the use of a survey questionnaire. The findings indicated that there was a significant relationship between knowledge and year level. However, there was no significant relationship between knowledge and sex, knowledge and locality, and knowledge and economic status. In addition, there was no significant relationship between awareness and demographic profile. Knowledge and awareness also showed a very weak yet significant relationship. Overall, the pharmacy students in DLSMHSI-DMQCP had a moderate to good level of knowledge and a moderate level of awareness. School was the prominent source of information about counterfeit medicines, followed by internet /social media, and health facilities while packaging was the prominent basis for identifying the counterfeit from genuine.

First Advisor

Reeva Ann L. Sumulong