COVID-19 response: HCPs
Read more about how the pandemic affected Healthcare Professionals’ opinions towards pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK
Most doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals believe the pharmaceutical sector is making a positive contribution to combatting the pandemic.
Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) are highly positive about the sector’s pandemic response. Most think that companies are doing ‘all they can to develop solutions to COVID-19’, and nearly seven in ten say the sector has supported the NHS during the pandemic.
“Working on a vaccine. Producing effective antiviral treatments. Keeping patients and healthcare professionals up to date”
Thinking about the recent COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic. Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements…
“Working on immunisation, looking at combination of drugs used in other conditions that may help reduce the main symptoms or mean COVID exposure is less severe. Contribution to funding ventilators.”
“Development of and mass production of vaccines and swab tests for COVID-19 by some companies. Some companies providing ventilators for use by the NHS.”
Most HCPs recognise pharmaceutical companies’ commitment to tackle COVID-19
Only a third HCPs could spontaneously name a specific action or initiative undertaken by the sector to help the NHS tackle COVID-19 – with initiatives related to R&D of vaccines and provision of medical supplies being top of mind. However, when prompted, the majority of HCPs agree with each statement below, with very little disagreement.
Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about what pharmaceutical companies in the UK are doing to tackle COVID-19
Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about how pharmaceutical companies in the UK are operating during the COVID-19 pandemic
During the Covid-19 pandemic, pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK are doing all they can to support…
HCPs tend to believe that pharmaceutical companies operating in the UK have done all they can to support the Government and patients
During the pandemic, the sector has managed to effectively maintain relationships with HCPs. In particular, Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs) and other pharmaceutical employees have kept HCPs up to speed with medical advancements in their field. Some also remember the personalised offers of support they’ve received, and see this as evidence of how the sector has worked to maintain and improve its relationships with fellow HCPs.
“Three pharmaceutical companies emailed me personally to check that I was okay, that my family was okay, and also whether they could help in any way the NHS”
“I had people very high up in the food chain saying they were not going to the office, and they offered basically to even speak to patients or deliver. The first wave was unbelievable, the things they offered, we never had to do any sort of secretarial work or anything. I was really touched by the things they offered.”
ABPI & Ipsos MORI