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Analysis of patient and nurse preferences for self-administered FSH injection devices in select European markets

Authors Zitoun P, Parikh J, Nijs M, Zhang W, Levy-Toledano R, Tang B

Received 30 May 2018

Accepted for publication 6 November 2018

Published 7 January 2019 Volume 2019:11 Pages 11—21


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Professor Elie Al-Chaer

Pierre Zitoun,1 Jaya Parikh,2 Martine Nijs,3 Wenjie Zhang,4 Rachel Levy-Toledano,5 Boxiong Tang6

1American Hospital of Paris, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; 2Lister Fertility Clinic, London, UK; 3Nij Geertgen, Elsendorp, the Netherlands; 4WG Group, New York, NY, USA; 5Theramex HQ UK Limited, London, UK; 6Teva Pharmaceuticals, Frazer, PA, USA

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess product-specific features for a variety of self-administered injection devices and identify key factors that patients and nurses in select European markets find most important when selecting injection devices for self-administration of recombinant human follicle-stimulating hormone and urinary human follicle-stimulating hormone for fertility/reproductive therapy.
Patients and methods: Patients (N=402) in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, and Belgium, as well as reproductive/fertility nurses (N=40) in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, and the Czech Republic were surveyed. All patients were previously prescribed a follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) treatment for either in vitro fertilization or ovulation induction. Patient and nurse preferences for attributes across all injection devices in the market were obtained via an online questionnaire and evaluated using the maximum differential scaling (MaxDiff) and conjoint analyses, which captured the relative importance of the selected FSH injection device attributes to determine specific qualities in overall product preference.
Results: Both the MaxDiff and conjoint analyses indicated that, for patients and nurses, the ideal FSH injection device would be a highly accurate, multi-use reusable pen injector with a dial-back function that would be easy for both use and education/instruction. Patients and nurses each selected attributes pertinent to their own experiences with the FSH injection device. Categorically, patients valued factors that resulted in minimal impact on daily life, including reduced injection volume to minimize injection-site pain, as well as a reusable device that would be easy to use; nurses placed greater value on a device that would be easy to teach in order to instruct the greatest number of patients while minimizing risk.
Conclusion: Patient and nurse preferences were aligned on certain selected attributes of the FSH products. Although this study was an unbranded examination of attributes across all injection devices currently in the market, results demonstrated that the preferred product attributes were all characteristics of the Ovaleap® Pen.

Keywords: infertility, prefilled pen device, recombinant human follicle-stimulating hormone, urinary follicle-stimulating hormone, preference

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