Universal Journal of Public Health Vol. 9(6), pp. 385 - 391
DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2021.090605
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Personal & Professional Qualities of Medical Representative and Impact on Doctor's Prescribing Behavior


Vishavadia Krunal 1,*, Seema Singh 2, Sandip Solanki 3
1 Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, India
2 Symbiosis Centre for Corporate Education, Symbiosis International (Deemed University), Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Symbiosis Institute of International Business (SIIB), Symbiosis International (Deemed University) (SIU), Hinjewadi, Pune, Maharashtra, India

ABSTRACT

Background: The promotion of a pharmaceutical product is based on the effective collaboration between medical representatives (MR) & physicians. Pharmaceutical companies are following many doctor-consulting strategies and have found a way to promote their products through MR. But it's only possible if the MR communicates the brand's benefit effectively to the doctor. Aims and Objectives: To identify the personal and professional qualities of MRs that affect doctors' prescribing behavior. The impact of three variables like product detailing of MR, MR's attire, and MR's knowledge has been measured on doctor's prescription behavior. Methodology: Three personal and/or professional qualities of MR have been identified (effective detailing, personal attire, and scientific knowledge of MRs) and studied the influence of these qualities on physician's prescribing habits. Responses were collected through self-administered questionnaires from general practitioners, physicians, gynecologists, pediatricians, and dentists. ANOVA & regression analysis models were used to analyze the hypothesis. Result: Eighty-seven percent of the doctors agreed that pharmaceutical companies should train MRs properly about the detailing of brand and product knowledge, 64% of doctors agreed-upon personal attire of MRs attract their attention, and 92% agreed that MR knowledge plays a crucial role in influencing their prescribing behavior. The hypothesis was accepted for detailing, personal attire, and scientific understanding of MRs regarding their influence on doctor's prescription. Conclusion: The role of detailing, personal attire, and scientific knowledge of MR is well established to influence the practice of physicians. Pharmaceutical companies should train their sales team properly, starting from personal grooming to every aspect of brand and therapy for practical in-clinic discussion and doctor conversion.

KEYWORDS
Pharmaceutical Marketing, Medical Representative, Detailing, Pharmaceutical Companies

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[1] Vishavadia Krunal , Seema Singh , Sandip Solanki , "Personal & Professional Qualities of Medical Representative and Impact on Doctor's Prescribing Behavior," Universal Journal of Public Health, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 385 - 391, 2021. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2021.090605.

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Vishavadia Krunal , Seema Singh , Sandip Solanki (2021). Personal & Professional Qualities of Medical Representative and Impact on Doctor's Prescribing Behavior. Universal Journal of Public Health, 9(6), 385 - 391. DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2021.090605.