One of the greatest challenges with any rare disease is diagnosis. Understandably, clinicians are often unaware of diseases that they may only encounter once or twice in their whole careers.
Our client faced this exact challenge with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). This extremely rare mitochondrial disorder is difficult to diagnose – typically found in males aged 15-35, its only symptom is painless central vision loss in one eye, which often results in blindness. With prevalence in Europe of only ~2.2/100,000, it’s incredibly unlikely that an ophthalmologist will even encounter one patient their whole professional life.
To help the client sell its treatment to clinicians, we created an effective disease awareness campaign that would eventually dovetail with a brand launch. This ensured that clinicians could identify both the symptoms and solution as soon as the treatment was approved.