Article: Ophthalmic community perception of new medication needs.
Int J Ophthalmol. 2018 May 18;11(5):848-851. doi: 10.18240/ijo.2018.05.22. eCollection 2018.
Stewart WC, Stewart JA, Nelson LA.
To survey ophthalmologists (who have participated previously in clinical research) and ophthalmic industry professionals (who have been involved in ocular research and development) to indicate perceived needs for new pharmaceuticals in various ophthalmic subspecialties.
A prospective, industry-based survey was sent to ophthalmologists and ophthalmic industry professionals about the perceived needs for new pharmaceutical products.
This survey was sent to 559 ophthalmic pharma professionals and ophthalmologists. We received 82 (15%) responses. The results showed that the most commonly perceived need for new pharmaceuticals were dry and wet age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema and dry eye. There was a statistical difference found between response groups (P<0.0001). Respondents indicated they would express their commitment to a new product they perceived as needed by recommending to colleagues (63%), prescribing (60%), participating as principle investigator in a related clinical trial (52%), advising the company (52%), lecturing on behalf of the product (43%), investing in the product (38%), taking no action (7%) or obtain a position in the company (1%).
Ophthalmic pharma professionals and ophthalmologists perceive the greatest need for new medicines in ophthalmology to be in dry and wet age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic macular edema and dry eye.