Nearly 20 percent of doctors say "no, thank you" to sales reps, according to a a report on physician access, released by market research firm SK&A last week.
The market research company contacted 650,000 physicians to find out their sales rep access policy. Here are some of the highlights:
"Ten years ago, you were able to get up to six minutes to talk with a doctor," SK&A President and COO Dave Escalante told Pharm Exec. "Now you're lucky to get 90 seconds, and that's not happening by chance. That's happening because of the pressure on practitioners to manage much larger patient populations and offices."
The study was generated after pharma companies asked SK&A for help in determining a baseline metric of physician detailing preferences. The pharma companies specifically said that they want information to help them make better tactical decisions on the best way to reach their targets. The study results also will help with sales force restructuring and better physician-targeting methods.
Escalante said that SK&A's next study would center on what doctors look for from pharma companies in terms of marketing materials and information, and the best methods to reach doctors.