Traditional Pharma Sales Roles Are Becoming Obsolete. Here's How to Adapt.

Posted by Ian Wilcox on Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Pharma selling is headed for a major disruption. Factors such as the proliferation of technology and artificial intelligence, the ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. and decreased access to physicians are all making the traditional approaches to pharma selling obsolete. Like a cassette tape making way for the CD, traditional sales roles are being replaced with more specialized roles. These shifts in the marketplace predict a looming talent gap that pharma executives must begin to address now before it cripples their ability to compete for market share.


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Three Things That Pharma Executives Must Do to Keep Pace With the Healthcare Evolution

Posted by Ian Wilcox on Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Just over a week ago, CVS Health announced that it had closed the deal on the merger heard ’round the world: the highly anticipated acquisition of insurance giant Aetna. CVS Health President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Merlo said in a statement that the merger will “transform the consumer health experience and build healthier communities through a new, innovative healthcare model that is local, easier to use, less expensive and puts consumers at the center of their care.”


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Promotional Preferences: Are Pharma Sales Reps Listening to Doctors’ Cues?

Posted by Malcolm Sturgis on Thu, Apr 05, 2018

The opportunities to communicate with physicians and other key decision-makers in person has dwindled over the last decade, according to ZS’s AffinityMonitor™ and AccessMonitor™ reports, which study doctors’ true behaviors and their affinities for different promotional channels. Drilling down into particular specialties, we see a similar picture—and even more drastic declines. In oncology, for example, 24% of oncologists are “accessible” today, compared with the more than 90% of oncologists who met with most pharma reps in 2009. As a result, pharma companies have largely increased their reliance on digital promotion, but are pharma companies paying attention to doctors’ cues?


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Faster, Smarter, More Agile: How to Sell in Pharma When Doctors Become Employees

Posted by Jude Konzelmann on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Single-physician and small-group practices aren’t going away entirely, but each year, more doctors merge into large group practices. Some will form enormous, multi-specialty practices, and in many cases, these group practices are integrating with hospital systems to form networks across settings of care.

The one-to-one selling approach to doctors that the industry has used for decades isn’t completely dead. But that approach is no longer as impactful as it was in the past, when practitioners had more significant influence on drug usage. The question on the mind of most biopharma sales leaders today is this:  How can our sales force interact with these new physician practices and health networks in which physicians are employees?


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