Retail pharmacies continue to hold sway when it comes to prescription medications, despite stiff competition in the form of fast contactless delivery, 24/7 phone and text support, and user-friendly mobile apps and platforms from mail-order and digital pharmacies.
However, the gap is closing fast, as the traditional pharmacy model is ripe for disruption. As a result, it is critical for healthcare sales professionals to understand the sector thoroughly to develop strong relationships with their pharmacy customers and help them manage cost efficiencies and meet their business goals.
We have introduced a new eLearning module – Selling to a Retail Pharmacy – that can be a part of a pharmaceutical sales rep training program. Sales professionals will learn about the retail pharmacy environment, their primary activities, the challenges they face, and strategies to improve performance. They will also learn about the importance of patient counseling to payers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacies, and patients. Additionally, learners will understand ways in which pharmaceutical manufacturers can support retail pharmacy efficiency and profitability.
Chat with a CMR training expert to learn more about this module.
Strategies to Improve Retail Pharmacy Performance
Retail pharmacies are already adopting some strategies to improve their performance, such as offering 90-day drug supplies and mail prescriptions, expanded services like genomic or lab testing, new product areas (e.g., CBD-based products), and expanded markets. They are also leveraging technology, such as automated voice messaging to confirm automatic refills, to systems that automate the physical steps in the dispensing process.
Healthcare sales professionals can help retail pharmacies address some of these challenges. Some elements can include:
- Educational materials to improve patients’ understanding of their conditions and the importance of medication therapy adherence.
- Training to improve the knowledge and skills of pharmacy staff, so that pharmacists and technicians have the latest information about disease states, therapies, and strategies to improve patient experiences with products.
- Training to ensure pharmacy staff is aware of patient financial assistance programs and educating them about how to use these programs.
- Reimbursement specialists who can help get patients enrolled in these programs.
Pharmaceutical sales representatives serve as the link between their companies’ resources and their customers’ needs. This CMR eLearning module will equip sales professionals with the conditions in which pharmacies operate, their challenges, and ways to help support retail Pharmacies as they support patients.
Do you want to learn more about Selling to a Retail Pharmacy? Chat with our training expert.