Pharma 2020: Marketing the future of pharmaceutical industry


Which path will you take?

By 2020 the current role of the pharmaceutical industry’s sales and marketing workforce will be replaced by a new model as the industry shifts from a mass-market to a target-market approach to increase revenue.

Pharma 2020: Marketing the future – Which path will you take? the third in the Pharma 2020 series, outlines a confluence of dynamics that lead to a new marketing and sales system with a smaller, more agile and smarter sales force. The pharma industry is no longer being rewarded for incremental innovation, me-too products and selling the most pills. Companies will need to demonstrate that their brand adds value to patients and they will have to offer a package of products and health services that the market not only wants and needs but is willing to pay a premium for. The paper highlights some very strong facts related to the need for Pharma to change its marketing and sales functions in order to sustain future growth and performance.

This report outlines in some detail what those changes in the business environment will be and provides pharma companies with indicators of organisational and operational structure that could influence their success and readiness to compete.

This report highlights the fundamental dynamics the industry faces that are reshaping the pharmaceutical marketplace:

  • Chronic disease is soaring
  • Healthcare policy makers and payers are increasingly mandating what doctors can prescribe
  • Pay-for-performance is on the rise
  • The boundaries between different forms of healthcare are blurring
  • The markets of the developing world, where demand for medicines is likely to grow most rapidly over the next 13 years, are highly varied
  • Governments are beginning to focus on prevention rather than treatment
  • Regulators are becoming more risk-averse

In order to be successful, companies will need to stop the aggressive marketing focusing only on the product of the current model and:

  • Recognise the interdependence of the payer, provider and pharmaceutical value chains
  • Invest in developing medicines the market wants to buy
  • Adopt a more flexible approach to pricing
  • Develop plans for marketing and selling specialist therapies
  • Manage multi-country launches and live licensing
  • Form a web of alliances to offer supporting services
  • Create cultures that are suitable for marketing specialist healthcare packages
  • Develop marketing and sales functions that are fit for the future and a knowledge based commercial organisation

More information

Pharma 2020: The vision , first in the series highlights a number of issues that will have a major bearing on the industry over the next 11 years. Thepublication outlines the changes we believe will best help pharmaceutical companies realise the potential the future holds to enhance the value they provideto shareholders and society alike.

Pharma 2020: Virtual R&D, the second in the series explores opportunities to improve the R&D process. This paper proposes that new technologies willenable the adoption of virtual R&D and by operating in a more connected world, industry, in collaboration with researches, governments, healthcare payersand providers, can address the changing needs of society more effectively.

Pharma 2020: Challenging business models, the fourth in the Pharma 2020 series, this report explains why Pharma’s fully integrated business models may not be the best option for the pharma industry in 2020 and why more creative collaboration models may be more attractive. The paper also evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of the alternative business models and how each stands up against the challenges facing the industry.

Pharma 2020: Taxing times ahead, the fifth in the series focuses on the industry’s opportunities and challenges from a tax perspective. It discusses how the political, economic, scientific and social trends currently shaping the commercial environment, together with the development of new, more collaborative business models, will exert increasing pressure on effective tax rates within the industry. It also shows how companies can adapt their tax planning to support the provision of outcomes-based healthcare and remain competitive.

Pharma 2020: Supplying the future — Which path will you take?
How pharma companies will have to develop different supply chain models for different product types and patient segments, learn to use their supply chains as a means of market differentiation and source of economic value, and recognise the key role information will play flowing upstream to drive the downstream flow of products and services.