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Japanese Sales Practices at Pharmaceutical Firms

DUBLIN, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Dublin - Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/76c5mf/japanese_sales) has announced the addition of the "Japanese Sales Practices at Pharmaceutical Firms" report to their offering.

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This report discusses about the general sales practices at pharmaceutical firms in Japan. Readers will gain insight into the current sales activities, regulations, issues, and suggested methodologies.

The number of Medical Representatives (MR) in Japan is on the rise each year. Today there are approximately 64,000 MR in the country. In particular, significant increase at CSO (Contract Sales Organization) can be identified, which has grown to account for nearly 5% of the total. As overseas firms expand their portfolios, their number of MR is also on the rise in Japan, with half of the top twenty firms by number of MR being non-Japanese firms.

Among developed nations, Japan follows the United States in terms of number of MR. However, at the same time, when we look at the number of physicians per number of MR, the United States has approximately thirteen (physicians/MR), while Japan has below five, so we see considerable gap and an outstanding issue in terms of productivity.

MR activities in Japan resemble those in Europe and the US in terms of MR providing information about their firms' products. However, the social status of physicians is quite high in Japan, and MR's knowledge base is rather weak, then, MR tend to hesitate to make calls, and they think that making advance appointments is difficult, so many MR in Japan wait on standby outside medical offices for a long time in order to catch physicians on-site. Even though they are finally able to meet, conversations can be done within five minutes in length. As a result, sales department easily move to business en-tertainment and extreme special treatment to physicians, to attract them. Industry bodies have established guidelines and called for restraint, but these rules have had little effi-cacy so far.

While people see less productivity in sales activities, we have not seen decreasing number of MR, which has been actually increasing instead. The unique MR skillset and the Japanese old employment system, which emphasized long-term employment, created a situation that renders both internal transfer and dismissal difficult. Also, the pharmaceutical industry has enjoyed considerably high profits, meaning that even bear-ing these fixed labor costs in mind, there has been no sense of urgency to firms' economic viability.


Key Topics Covered:

1. Summary
2. Scope Discussed
3. Medical Representative
4. Number of MR
5. Number of MR by Company
6. Number of MR by Country
7. Is the number of MR in Japan reasonable?
8. Why So Many MR in Japan?
9. Regulations Concerning the Sale of Pharmaceuticals
10. Financial Contributions to Medical Institutions, Universities, and Physicians
11. Curbing Extreme Sales Tactics
12. Theoretical Underpinnings of Business & HR Strategy at Foreign Firms in Japan
13. Declining MR's Presence
14. Future Outlook


Companies Mentioned: 

  • Astra Zeneka
  • Astellas
  • Bayer
  • Boehringer
  • Chugai
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • Dainippon Sumitomo
  • Eisai
  • Glaxo
  • Kowa
  • Kyowa Hakko Kirin
  • Lilly
  • MSD
  • Mitsubishi Tanabe
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer
  • Sanoif
  • Shionogi
  • Takeda


For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/76c5mf/japanese_sales


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