Achieving Launch Excellence in Asia-Pacific

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Anthony Morton-Small, IMS Asia-Pacific Practice Leader for Commercial Effectiveness, lays out the benchmarks for launch excellence in Asia Pacific – maximizing opportunity, market share leadership, and promotion out-performance – and why so few launches reach this pinnacle. Morton-Small defines the Launch Readiness framework and explains how this approach will bolster launch preparations.

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Achieving Launch Excellence in Asia-Pacific

  1. 1. 1 Achieving Launch Excellence in Asia-Pacific An audio interview with Anthony Morton-Small, IMS Practice Leader, Commercial Effectiveness, APAC AUDIO INTERVIEW! Turn on your speakers.
  2. 2. Achieving Launch Excellence in Asia-Pacific IMS Expert: Anthony Morton-Small Length: ~18 minutes Anthony Morton-Small To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation.
  3. 3. 3 To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. I have here results from a study that IMS HEALTH conducted between 2007 and 2009 and it states that only 61 of some 8,600 products launched in that time period met IMS’ criteria for launch excellence. That seems to be extremely low. Anthony Morton-Small (AMS): Yes, in Launch Excellence study, we found that launch success declined each year as the survey went on. For example, in 2007, 2% of products, 88 in total outperformed in more than one country following launch while that figure dropped to 1% or only 14 products in 2009. There are a number of reasons for these low take-up rates. It really boils down to how well companies know their markets and how they deal with new challenges in the local markets.
  4. 4. 4 That’s interesting. You mentioned new challenges. This implies that the launch environment is changing then? AMS: Yes that’s right. Companies are acknowledging, but not yet consistently responding to, the new demands of the changing launch environment. The issues are essentially threefold. Firstly, we are seeing different decisions makers today. The traditional prescriber-based sales model is ineffective in commodity markets. Companies need to address all stakeholders and not simply the prescribers these days. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  5. 5. 5 To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here I see. AMS: Secondly, there are different market dynamics. Fewer launches today are achieving an even modest therapy market share of let’s say 5% in their first year. We are seeing today that even the best market share uptakes are not as high as previous years.
  6. 6. 6 What would be the reason for that then? AMS: Well, really it is to do with a decline in the impact of the traditional market model externally, and internally it’s more to do with a lack of preparation and readiness to launch as well as a failure to align objectives, and identify and incentivise payers & policy makers. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  7. 7. 7 I see. You mentioned a third reason for launch failure? AMS: Yes, pharmaceutical companies are faced with differing timescales in different countries. Companies need to understand the optimal range and timing of prelaunch activity at a global and at the country level. Most importantly, companies are not capitalising on opportunities presented in the first six months of launch, and our research and experience shows that the sales seen during this crucial period determine sales thereafter. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  8. 8. 8 So companies really need to make an impact in the first six months of launch. AMS: Actually I would say now that we can narrow that window even further to the first three months as we have seen in our 2008 study that within the six-month window there lurked an even shorter critical time frame; on average, three months is the period in which a launch agent establishes its share of the dynamic market in its therapy area. In other words, it has become evident that sales efforts in the first three months tend to determine sales trends for the first two years of a product’s life cycle. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  9. 9. 9 Really, it’s as short a period as that? That’s a real challenge then. AMS: Well, yes it is. But it is within the power of companies to make a success of a launch by being fully prepared while adapting to the dynamic market to ensure that the initial launch trajectory of a new product is created by the drug being prescribed for new patients, by having existing patients switched to it or by being added on to their existing regimens. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  10. 10. 10 OK, so we have identified the 3 issues facing companies launching new products. How should they be addressing them, since you say that it is in their power to make a difference? AMS: Well, taking the first point about dealing with different decision makers, companies should have a powerful and pertinent value proposition for the product that is compelling and differentiated from the existing therapies in the category. This means ensuring their messaging are consistent yet adapted to the different decision maker audiences, and aligned through country communication. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  11. 11. 11 That can be quite a challenge. Can you give any advice on how this can be done? AMS: Yes, of course. For example, to do this successfully with payers, pharmacos need to understand payer motivations such as budget impact, cost-effectiveness and therapeutic value to meet the value criteria necessary for optimal approval. It comes down to understanding and catering to your audience. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  12. 12. 12 OK, so getting the value proposition for the product right for each target audience is crucial. What specific actions should companies be taking prior to launch to communicate their value proposition effectively? AMS: Firstly, companies need to identify who is responsible for the funding flows and formulary decisions for the related disease areas both now and in the future. Then they need to identify the decision makers controlling these funding flows and understand what drives their buying decisions. From here they can craft their value proposition for new products during the Phase Three of clinical trials, and keep building momentum and interest throughout the trials and beyond in terms of real world patient outcomes and value over other therapies. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  13. 13. 13 Right so it is an ongoing process. AMS: That’s right. And during the launch process they should be segmenting payers and target areas of the value dossier accordingly. Obviously they also need to build the commercial go-to-market strategy in tandem. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  14. 14. 14 And what about dealing with the different market dynamics you mentioned at the beginning? AMS: Companies need to build long-term launch strategies for non-prescribing customers through an effective stakeholder engagement strategy. This is required to drive market expansion. They need to consider all stakeholders such as policy makers, payers, patients and prescribers. It’s not enough anymore to target just prescribers. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  15. 15. 15 So the key is to target all stakeholders then. AMS: Exactly right. Roche is a good example with the success of their oncology products in a many geographies. They were basically more prepared. They found a local strategy in each country, they made a success of engaging all stakeholders, and that includes patients, they worked out how to best work with payers in the local context. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  16. 16. 16 So it proves it can be done with more preparation and an in-depth understanding of the individual market. But how do companies manage the different timescales? AMS: There needs to be strong governance of the launch strategy across functions and geographies with a focus on quality and timeliness. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  17. 17. 17 I see, so everyone working to common objectives and strategies relevant to their area. AMS: Yes that’s right. Basically it comes down to the right internal alignment and measurements of the launch strategy. Companies that have succeeded at launch did well in building alignment into their planning process, creating enterprise-wide launch focus, and benchmarking and tracking performance consistently. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  18. 18. 18 So the launch process needs to be managed from the top down. AMS: Not necessarily, but centrally driven yes. Certainly senior management leadership is crucial for setting the broad direction. When launches have been unsuccessful, we have seen that wrong expectations have been set in terms of over promising or ignoring potential. Also there tended to be an insistence on global policies being followed that work in the US or EMEA perhaps but don’t work elsewhere. As I mentioned before, it all comes down to knowing your market. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  19. 19. 19 A case of one size does not fit all. AMS: Precisely. Companies need to work out the dynamics in individual markets and work that market locally. So, you’ve mentioned an interesting point, that what works in one market does not work in other countries necessarily. Let’s look specifically at the Asia Pacific market now and the localisation that needs to take place. AMS: Well, as I’ve just mentioned, the crux of the matter is knowing your market and being able to adapt your strategies to local markets. Failures in the past clearly resulted from the failure of companies to capitalise on opportunities. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  20. 20. 20 What kinds of opportunities were typically missed? AMS: For example, the companies failed to develop a deep understanding of the indigenous economies, historical trends, cultural predilections and public policy among other things. The launch was compromised in each case as a result. They needed to consider that the approaches they had been using in Western markets might not fit local circumstances. What will work in the US for example is not necessarily going to work in Korea. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  21. 21. 21 Of course. So homework was not done then. AMS: To a certain extent, yes, but you have to remember that these markets were generally unknown territory. And other factors contributed as well, such as an absence of clear forecasting data in these emerging markets, compounded by the fact that the majority of patients were undiagnosed, under compliant or under served. With a lack of data on the true healthcare system in the target country, it is difficult for pharmaceutical companies to adequately plan launches. And of course there are the challenges faced with Asia being such a dynamic market. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  22. 22. 22 What do you mean by that? AMS: Well, markets in Asia are changing all the time. So launch principles have to be revised more often than would be necessary in a traditional market, which isn’t going to change much over time. To give you an example, the market in China has changed beyond all recognition from the market it was a year ago, so launch principles that were used last year simply won’t be appropriate today. In some countries, the landscape changes so fast that strategies have to be revised even during the launch process itself. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  23. 23. 23 So what kinds of changes take place in these markets that can have such an impact on launch success or failure? AMS: It can be introduction of new regulations, government reforms, changes in insurance regulations, or more drastically, policy change as a result of a change of leadership following an election can change the potential success and entire outlook for a launch overnight – for instance in the US with the passing of the Healthcare Reform legislation creating expanded coverage for uninsured Americans. In the Asian context, the healthcare reform activities in China as well as is the impact of mandatory drug pricing controls on generic supply driven by the recent elections in the Philippines. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  24. 24. 24 I see. So how can pharmas be better prepared to launch? AMS: At IMS Health, we have identified the five drivers for launch uptake in any country are Advocacy, Approval, Access, Adoption and Adherence. But in addition, companies need to consider what we call the Three As of pharma marketing; Awareness, Accessibility and Affordability. Let me just quickly cover these one by one. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  25. 25. 25 Certainly. You mentioned awareness as being the first of the three. AMS: Yes, Awareness. MNCs need to actually create the market for their drugs by educating patients and physicians on the benefits and value of this medicine over others, and as mentioned before, all stakeholders. To do this, they need a thorough understanding of disease states, therapeutic options and the potential fall-out of non-compliance. Innovative outreach programmes are needed such as key collaborations, sponsorship of a family network support, language translation and so on. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  26. 26. 26 And the second A, which is Accessibility? AMS: Accessibility to medicines (in terms of healthcare infrastructure) is a major challenge as there are substantial variations in availability between say urban and rural environments in emerging Asian markets. Companies, therefore, need to pay particular attention to local access to diagnosis, prescribing & dispensing stations and distribution channels to ensure their products are economically supplied, targeted accurately and get to market where there are access challenges. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  27. 27. 27 I would suppose relationship building would be a critical component of their strategy? AMS: Actually, no not necessarily . Sometimes quite the opposite in emerging markets, in fact. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  28. 28. 28 Oh really? AMS: Yes. Companies need to realise that relationship-selling is not always going to work as well in these emerging markets, where the local manufacturers will have the relationship advantage. They need to be prepared to prove their products value over local therapies through in-country clinical trial data, which may require additional investment. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  29. 29. 29 Yes, I can see how that will be a major difference to marketing in their established markets. And the third A, I am guessing, would be Affordability. AMS: That’s exactly it. Naturally pricing is a concern in any market but it is particularly sensitive in APAC, where inflation, GDP growth, rising incomes and elevated expectations make price a crucial buying decision. GlaxoSmithKline in India is a prime example of a company operating a local pricing strategy across its portfolio. In China, we see different pricing strategies between urban and rural markets. MNCs can also meet the challenge by partnering with local manufacturers and suppliers and seeking possible tax exemptions. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  30. 30. 30 That’s an interesting point. So applying the three As is crucial when launching in APAC. What assistance is there for companies available from IMS Health? AMS: Well, IMS Health is well positioned to help MNCs avoid common pitfalls and strengthen the three Foundational Success factors of determining and optimising their product’s value proposition, effectively and efficiently engaging stakeholders, mapping out resource allocation and monitoring and driving performance, as well as aligning and preparing these organisations for launch. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  31. 31. 31 I see. You mentioned common pitfalls just now. Can you give us some examples of what these typically are? AMS: Yes, certainly. What we see often is that companies don’t tend to learn from past launch mistakes not just in targeting their audiences better, but also they tend to under-estimate their own constraints, they don’t give themselves enough time to prepare, and don’t adopt a consistent framework to drive the launch execution process to ensure plans are followed through. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  32. 32. 32 What can happen as a result? AMS: They can fail to get their product listed on formulary, or payers won’t accept their value proposition, or they could fail to forecast the demand in Asia, or fail to drill down to the base of the socio economic pyramid, to the patients, and understand patients’ capacity to spend on medicines. These are all issues IMS Health can help companies avoid. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  33. 33. 33 I suppose companies can also take advantage of IMS’ in- depth knowledge of the market they intend to launch, and services to help them achieve better success as they prepare to launch into those markets. AMS: Very much so. We are well positioned to assist in a number of ways. As you mentioned, we have deep therapeutic market knowledge and competitive insight so we can advise on the complex competitive dynamics in today’s changing markets. Secondly, we can advise on marketing approaches to take in individual markets. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  34. 34. 34 Your analytical tools are also known to be pretty effective. AMS: Yes, using IMS Radar Dynamics, APLD, primary market research and enhanced promotional audits, we have country- by-country evidence-based insight into marketing tactics and success drivers. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  35. 35. 35 Right. As well as supplying the needed information, how else can IMS Health add value to the launch process? AMS: Our clients are up against competitors that may have significant resources and effective marketing and sales force spend. We have designed specific methodologies and tools to help our clients’ investment stays focused and effective by optimising investments in the commercial planning and execution stages. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  36. 36. 36 Great, well, this has been a very interesting topic. Is there any additional advice you would like to give before we wrap this up? AMS: Well, in summary, I would say that MNCs should adopt a 5-tier strategy for entry: One: Act Fast, Two: Understand, Three: Differentiate, Four: Tailor and Five: Execute. And know that your success is dependent on the first 3 months of launch. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  37. 37. 37 Each of those points is self explanatory, and I would imagine each are equally as important. So let me just repeat them again. It’s Act Fast, Understand, Differentiate, then…? AMS: Tailor to the market and Execute well. Tailor and Execute. OK. So, in summary, achieving launch excellence really depends on understanding and catering to the local market, engaging all stakeholders and aligning strategies for launch success. Anthony, thank you very much for talking to us today and providing an enlightening insight into the challenges and solutions to launching pharma products in the Asia Pacific region. Thank you. To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. To download the PDF transcript, click here. Questions? Comments? Fill out the form at the end of this presentation. Know more on IMS Health, click here
  38. 38. 38 Thank you for listening! • To download an MP3 of this interview, click here. • To download the PDF transcript, click here. • Questions? Comments? − Fill out the form at the bottom of this slide, or − Visit www.imshealth.com or email info.sg@sg.imshealth.com.

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