Sales Tips For Pharmacy Reps – Turning Doctors Into Salesmen

Group health plans attempt to control prescription costs by placing higher co-pays on expensive brand name drugs. The theory is to encourage lower cost generic drug utilization.

Pharmacy drug manufacturers are fighting back by buying down the co-pay at the point of sale.

Posted by Scott Moldenhauer on Feb 11, 2012

When presenting with co-pay cards, reps should follow these three steps

Co-pay cards offer a tremendous selling advantage, but only if presented properly. Too often reps fail to leverage the opportunity provided by co-pay reduction programs. When presenting with co-pay cards, reps should follow these steps:

1. Never, ever start with the co-pay program.

Doctors use branded products because of quality. Reps should start with the benefits of the product. Stress value. Co-pay programs should be presented as “icing on the cake” (not the cake itself).

2. Stick it where it counts.

Most co-pay cards never make it into the hands of patients. Encourage reps to find the best way to distribute cards in each office. They should ask questions: Where should I put my co-pay cards? Which person distributes the cards?

3. Use a “that’s-not-all” approach.

According to research from the University of California, co-pay cards can get physicians to use more of your products, but only if presented correctly. Researchers suggest taking a lesson from late night infomercials. Present the benefits of the product, then, right before the close, sweeten the deal: “That’s not all, doctor. We also provide co-pay relief.” This tilts the physician in the rep’s direction.

Scott Moldenhauer is president of Persuasion Consultants, a consulting firm that specializes in pharma and medical devices.

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