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Market Research Shows Spherix's Naturlose(R) Readily Accepted by Diabetes Patients
Date:5/12/2008

by Naturlose's novel mechanism of action. For physicians, drug choice was a complex algorithm involving level of glucose control, tolerance to side effects, cost, and patient compliance. The consensus of the physicians was that with three of four of the most widely prescribed drugs to treat type 2 diabetes, patient toleration of side effects limited their ability to achieve the glycemic control that they seek for their patients. Physicians expressed significant frustration with the ability of current medications to control patients' blood sugar to guideline-based goals, and saw value in being able to add a safe new therapeutic approach to their arsenal.

Both patients and physicians expressed interest in the safety and efficacy data currently being developed for Naturlose in the Phase 3 trial. Because Naturlose is approved as a food ingredient and the food-grade sugar is available, both patients and physicians had the opportunity to taste Naturlose during the focus group meetings. The sweet flavor had great appeal. After tasting Naturlose one general practitioner remarked, "We are all going to start taking it."

Data from the national prescription audit of the diabetes category for 2007 revealed 167,019,000 total prescriptions, with 58,015,000 new prescriptions. The diabetes category remained very active in 2007. Price level and positioning on insurer and managed care formularies are important issues that manufacturers continuously address. Regardless of product launch date, the share of new prescriptions remains around 30%. More recent brand product launches with the largest marketing budgets show a higher share of new prescriptions. However, generics with recent launches are also showing year-to-year prescription growth. As a result, significant opportunities exist for Spherix over the next several years.

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