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How Pharma Can Drive Value and Embrace Change in an Evolving Marketplace

Posted by Ian Wilcox on Fri, Apr 05, 2019


This blog post is the second in a two-part series on the future of sales in the pharmaceutical industry.

In my previous post, I shared why pharma sales organizations need to adapt to today’s evolving healthcare marketplace: Advances in technology and other market trends—such as the proliferation of artificial intelligence, the ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. and decreased access to physicians—are shaking up the industry.

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Topics: customer engagement, pharma sales, pharma sales planning, sales reps, talent management, sales roles

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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Topics: customer engagement, pharma sales, account management, sales reps, patient services, talent management, sales roles, sales executives

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