Funding for this research was provided by:
Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH
Received: 27 March 2020
Accepted: 8 June 2020
First Online: 17 June 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethics approval was not necessary according to national laws or regulations. There are no national laws or regulations that state that ethics approval is needed for this kind of surveys. This was confirmed by DocCheck Research. DocCheck Research emphasized that the study was a classic survey on the willingness to prescribe and the influence on it through explanatory specialist information. The case studies explained were fictitious, all data were collected without concrete reference to people or patients and evaluated anonymously. All guidelines of pharmaceutical market research have been strictly observed. There was therefore no need for an ethical vote.HCPs gave their consent to participate. The consent was given in online written form.
: HCPs gave their consent for publication. The consent was given in online written form.
: ME, SL and DBF are employees of Sanofi-Aventis. MCM is a consultant to Sanofi-Aventis and Dr. Willmar Schwabe in the consumer healthcare and/or constipation field.