Pharmaceutical Executive-02-01-2002

European Report
Pharmaceutical Executive

February 01, 2002

In July, after a wide-ranging review of pharmaceutical legislation, the EC determined that the current ban on direct-to- consumer advertising should be balanced by a pilot system aimed to "ensure the availability of better, clear, and reliable information on authorized pharmaceuticals." It said the pilot should apply to diabetes, AIDS, and asthma products, citing the strong public demand for such information and the ease of monitoring the results of a five-year pilot study for those products.

Columns
Pharmaceutical Executive

February 01, 2002

Who, or what, creates wealth? Answering that question has become as much political football as economic theory. Last month, the US president reminded us that government does not make wealth but, at best, fosters a climate conducive to it. The old-left idea that workers create and should share equally in the fruits of production has long since died of exhaustion. By process of elimination, the only apparent answer remaining belongs to idealistic capitalists, who herald the enterprising companies from which all wealth "obviously" flows-for most of us, as paychecks.

Pharmaceutical Executive
Features

February 01, 2002

It's time for the big project. Top management in a leading pharma company wants executive A, a rising star in the marketing department, to evaluate a new technology's impact on the industry-and on his company. The technology has the potential to dramatically affect not only pharmaceutical discovery and development but also marketing and sales. But there are many factors to analyze, and no one in his company has the expertise to do it.

Pharmaceutical Executive
Executive Profile

February 01, 2002

Pfizer's formidable front entrance in the heart of midtown Manhattan hums like no other in the industry. Compared with most pharma company headquarters, this is a train station.

Pharmaceutical Executive
World News

February 01, 2002

Washington, DC-Pro-life advocates recently dropped a lawsuit challenging the promotion of abortifacient RU-486 through ads sponsored by the National Abortion Federation. The suit charged NAF with using deceptive advertising by promoting Mifepristone as safe in several national magazines, including Self, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Vanity Fair, and People. The ads stated, "You have the freedom to choose. And now, you have another safe abortion choice."

Pharmaceutical Executive
Features

February 01, 2002

Competition for physicians' time has become so intense that some medical groups have severely restricted or banned reps altogether. Part of that strained relationship can be traced back to some of the sales techniques used by aggressive pharma salespeople. Physicians have become wary of being "sold" and often do not trust the information reps provide. Many doctors no longer feel that sales reps help provide better care for patients. Rather, physicians often come away feeling as though they just had an encounter with a used car dealer. To improve their relationships with medical professionals, pharma sales reps should avoid ten

World News
Pharmaceutical Executive

February 01, 2002

Washington DC-Abbott Labs and Bayer made Multinational Monitor's 2001 list of the ten worst corporations. The Washington-based magazine was founded by consumer activist and one-time US presidential hopeful Ralph Nader.

Pharmaceutical Executive
Features

February 01, 2002

Customer relationship management (CRM) has become a pharma buzzword, but few companies actually practice it. That is about to change.

World News
Pharmaceutical Executive

February 01, 2002

Geneva-The pharma industry has given a guarded welcome to a World Health Organization report that explicitly links poverty and poor health.

Washington Report
Pharmaceutical Executive

February 01, 2002

Healthcare costs and health insurance premiums have soared, and analysts point to double-digit hikes in spending on prescription medicines as a prime culprit. A recent annual survey by the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finds that healthcare spending in 2000 increased 7 percent to $1.3 trillion, the biggest increase in the past decade, outpacing gross domestic product growth. Prescription drug expenditures alone jumped 17 percent, making them the fastest growing service expense for that year. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) also reports that the portion of total healthcare spending devoted to

World News
Pharmaceutical Executive

February 01, 2002

Washington, DC-A new advisory committee appointed by HHS secretary Tommy Thompson will scrutinize agency policies to identify ways to improve programs and regulations.

Pharmaceutical Executive
Features

February 01, 2002

In a tight market, pharma companies are asking themselves: "How can we get more from scarce resources?" As a result, R&D and sales/marketing expenditures are under increased scrutiny-and they should be. Both areas consume significant resources (about 25 percent of revenues combined) have experienced rapid growth, and their results have been difficult to quantify. But to make the most of both human and non-human assets, management must first understand how those assets are currently allocated, how to make them more productive, and if there are better ways to deploy them. That substantial task will be further exacerbated as the industry