An established market with significant unmet needs
According to independent market research we conducted, 68% of ED patients are not fully satisfied with their treatment and doctors expect that within just one year of treatment and doctors expect that within just one year of treatment initiation, 25% of all ED patients will discontinue therapy.
There is also a subset of erectile dysfunction sufferers who would not be prescribed any of the PDE5 inhibitors due to contraindications with other medications taken by them, including those who have stable angina, a condition treated with nitrate medicines. Due to the mode of action of nitrate medicines, these patients cannot take any of the PDE5 inhibitors and recent research conducted on behalf of Futura shows this patient group represents at least 10% of ED patients.
Market research indicates that only 15%-30% of men with erectile dysfunction consult a doctor. All existing treatments for erectile dysfunction require a prescription from a doctor (except for some limited products in the UK and Poland).
There are clearly significant unmet needs for ED patients. Key Opinion Leaders (KOLs) in sexual medicine are highly supportive of the MED2005 development programme as there has been little innovation in the ED space in recent years. An endorsement and engagement programme is under way.