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02.06.2021 | Tracker

HCPs discuss accessibility of COVID-19 treatments globally.

By Maria Aguirre

Discover what healthcare professionals (HCPs) think about pharmaceutical products and their manufacturers, as it happens, through CREATION.co’s tracking updates. How are HCPs responding to drug launch news? How are HCPs talking about or engaging with the Top 50 pharma companies on social media? Each week CREATION.co’s tracking updates bring you the latest insights from the conversation of HCPs across the globe discussing these topics and more.

May’s Top 50 Pharmaceutical Companies mentioned by HCPs on Twitter

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May’s insights from HCPs mentioning the Top 50 Pharmaceutical Companies

The top five pharmaceutical companies mentioned by healthcare professionals (HCPs) in the month of May 2021 remained the same as last month. The only difference being that Pfizer displaced AstraZeneca as the most talked about pharmaceutical company for the first time in three months. Johnson & Johnson was positioned in third place, followed by GSK and Merck & Co.

Top 50 Pharma discussed online

In May 2021, the HCP conversation decreased from the previous month by 32%, making it one of the quieter months of this year. While HCPs continued to discuss efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccines, one of the key drivers of conversation was accessibility of treatments and vaccines in different countries. 

In one of the most active conversations, 52 HCPs shared a Tweet showing discontent over the Canadian government’s decision to not donate soon-to-expire AstraZeneca vaccines to India. HCPs also shared the news that Chile and Argentina are not providing the Pfizer vaccine since their governments could not reach a deal with the pharmaceutical company; and how in Spain there could be a vaccine supply problem due to the trend in people choosing AstraZeneca over Pfizer for their second doses.

Regarding vaccine efficacy and safety, HCPs shared how medical professionals have been studying the relationship between blood clots and vaccines to understand the “why” of the occurrences that have happened from the AstraZeneca and J&J’s vaccines. Additionally, HCPs shared excitement about the EMA and FDA emergency authorisation for the Pfizer vaccine for adolescents between the ages 12 to 15 since it will help various nations to reach high levels of population immunity.

The three most shared links by HCPs in May were:

  1. The FDA press release for the authorisation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents. 
  2. A news article from EMA showing the change to recommended storage conditions for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. A study report showing the effectiveness of the Pfizer (88%) and AstraZeneca (60%) COVID-19 vaccines against the Delta variant.

Top 50 Pharma discussed online

Between April and May the volume of HCP COVID-19 conversation in the context of top 50 pharma decreased by over 20,000 posts, making up 68% of the overall HCP conversation in May, down from 77% in April.

Outside of the COVID-19 conversation, influential HCP Eric Feigl-Ding called for more financial equality in accessing insulin in the US, citing the cost to manufacture as well as the 2018 salaries of pharmaceutical company CEOs. The company Bayer was also mentioned by HCPs as finerenone met the primary endpoint in the Phase III FIGARO-DKD trial and other endpoints in the FIDELIO and FIGARO trials.

CREATION.co continues to analyse online HCP conversation on a variety of topics including virtual congresshealthcare changes since the pandemicproduct development and therapy area specific insights.

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  • In May 2021, CREATION Pinpoint® identified 61,281 healthcare professional (HCP) authored tweets from 18,047 individual HCPs mentioning a Top 50 pharmaceutical company (according to revenue). 
  • Data for this research was analysed from the online Twitter conversations of HCPs in all languages mentioning a Top 50 pharmaceutical company between May 1st and May 31st 2021.
  • Unless otherwise specified, mentions of a company are not limited to its Twitter account(s).
  • In some cases, a tweet may mention more than one company account (eg. @abbottnews and @abbottglobal) – this only counts as one Company Mention and Account Mention.
  • Johnson & Johnson was included as a whole, encompassing its pharmaceutical subsidiary, Janssen. In May, 1,853 of these posts mentioned Janssen.

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