Where to focus
Pharmaceutical professionals who apply DLO are demonstrating dramatically better commercial success and competitive advantages
for their products and companies. The benefits of the DLO versus the LCM approach are highlighted in three critical events
during a product's life:
Product launches. Pharmaceutical professionals using the LCM focus their efforts in succeeding during the launch year, the
first year of the traditional product lifecycle. However, in today's highly competitive pharma industry, just winning the
launch year is far too late. It's like a presidential candidate trying to win the election a year after it is held. In contrast,
DLO users—like presidential campaign teams—realize that successful launches are actually won in the pre-launch years, usually
in clinical Phases II and III, during the early period of a product's life.
In fact, IMS data has shown that the ultimate sales trajectory of a new chronic-care medicine is determined in the first 12
weeks as opposed to the first 12 months after launch. Applying DLO enables professionals to plan and execute pre-launch activities
much earlier to position the product and generate stakeholder awareness and demand. Moreover, it enables the commercial launch
team to preempt counter-launches, brand pre-positioning, and unfavorable messaging from competitors seeking to thwart the
new product in the pre-launch years. It is analogous to a presidential candidate who begins the competitive campaign three
to four years before the election by fixing an election strategy, communicating a platform, and establishing relationships
with key constituencies before competitors can frame an alternative negative message about the candidate's platform and character.