Embarrassed to be in pharma

Discussion in 'The Darkened Sample Closet' started by Anonymous, May 17, 2008 at 2:57 PM.

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  1. Anonymous

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    I do not admit to strangers that I am employeed by a drug company. Why? National and local news media have criticized drug ads which border on the unethical (if not illegal) several times lately. That is troubling enough in itself but most friends are more than fed up and disgusted by the 24/7 cheesy/sleezy "ED" ads blasting from TV with their "4 hour erection" warnings, esp parents who cannot watch TV without explaining what the above means. Many say they never watch TV with guests now.

    When I began work in this field, it was an admired profession by health care professionals as well as the general public. After the sales and marketing hucksters took over from ethical management , the industry has gone down the tubes. Oh, the hiring of ex cheerleaders , car rental folks,etc, who can barely spell pharmaceutical, to promote the product has not helped the image either. Just last week a leading national talk show host was making jokes about the pharma cheerleaders.

    I never thought when I was hired that I would ever be placed in the huckster category. Really sad.
     
  2. Anonymous

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    Pharma is self destructing.
     
  3. Anonymous

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    Been in this business 20+ years, and I have felt these drug ads are horrible. Any company that would drop the ads and say they were going to use the advertising cost savings to lower prices on some key drugs would get such incredible positive press it would be unbelievable. Unfortunately and sadly, none of the major companies will have the stones to do this.......if one finally does then all the others will follow suit and say "look at how great we are".
     
  4. Anonymous

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    "fed up and disgusted by the 24/7 cheesy/sleezy "ED" ads blasting from TV "

    Yes, Pfizer,Lilly, and Bayer should be really proud of themselves. They have one of the best huckster S & M teams around.
     
  5. Anonymous

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    I dont blame you for being embarrased. I spent a short time at a contract pharma co. I recently went on an interview for a dental sales position. The manager was impressed with all my experience until he got to "the pharma thing" Anyone with any real sales exp. knows what a joke this job is. I was a headhunter prior to the pharma thing. He wanted to know why I left recruiting to do pharma. He basically told me that pharma reps were sample droppers. etc. Thank God I have other experience I feel bad for all you people who have never done anything else! Its tough explaing this assinied job to anyone who really knows sales. Yes its ten times easier than being a recruiter but it's a boring ass job.
     
  6. Anonymous

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    There are worse things than being a pharma rep. Think about it. You are not selling beer, cigarettes, things to hurt people. Who cares what people think. If you are really trying to make a difference out there, are you really doing something wrong? Your perception is based upon what you want it to be. If you are ashamed, fine, change your line of work you will be better off..but there are a lot worse things that you can be doing.
     
  7. Anonymous

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    You got to be kidding me, right? Drugs don't hurt anyone? You live in a quite delusional pharma world.
     
  8. Anonymous

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    "You are not selling beer, cigarettes, things to hurt people. Who cares what people think."

    You have to be kidding. Have you ever read how many people drugs kill per year? Have you ever heard a doc complain about patients coming in and demanding a drug they do not need because they saw some huckster ad on TV?
     
  9. Anonymous

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    Doctors don't like the ads because then they have to stop and actually answer patient questions. There are times they have to act like they actually know anything about the products and why it is not right for the particular patient. As a consumer, I fully support DTP advertising.

    There's a new allergy medicine out that doesn't make you sleepy? How would I know except for the ads? I've noted that I have severe seasonal allergies in my chart, but don't take anything for it because the old stuff knocked me out cold. Do you think my doc is going to read through my chart each time I come in for my yearly exam and will suggest the new med? No way, unless I complain again or suggest the med myself. Look, I understand docs are busier due to payers limiting payments, etc. But at the end of the day, I pay the doc to take care of me. It is my right and responsibility to be an informed consumer. I also respect if he suggests a different med or no med. But don't limit my sources of information and don't act like a consumer is insulting the doc by asking questions.

    We know more about the cars we buy then the medicines we put in our bodies.
     
  10. Anonymous

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    ...so read the medical letter. it is unbiased not like Big Pharma. was at DC meeting of aCP last week. They touted benazepril/amolidipine combo (generic lotrel) "it takes a billion to develop a drug?!" but not to COMBINE and double the price!!
     
  11. #12 Vagitarian, May 20, 2008 at 7:13 AM
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    20 something years ago when I signed on, a friend of a friend had just declared bankruptcy as a Real Estate agent. I was happy to have this job

    Two years ago, the same guy was making $300K to 400K per yr as a Real Estate agent. I thought this job sucked and wished I was an Real Estate agent.

    Today, I'm happy to have this job and glad I'm not a Real Estate agent.

    It's kind of like that story about the tortoise and the hare.
     
  12. Anonymous

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    Here is another reason to be embarrassed-an ex Ketchup salesman leads a drug company:

    http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/05...ike-selling-ketchup/?mod=WSJBlog?mod=yahoo_hs
     
  13. Anonymous

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    Yeah, just think he made more in 5 years as a real estate agent than you will make in 15 years as a pharma rep.
     
  14. Anonymous

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