In essence, we all want those boots on the ground to drive commercial value. Yet, not every high-priced pair of shoes delivers the desired ROI. Physician access time or practice location, and position of the brand in its life cycle, often make the cost of deploying a traditional field rep undesirable. Yet, many brands benefit from a personal visit to the office.

Allergan will cut 1,000 positions, about 5 percent of its workforce, as the company looks to cut costs.

Acorda Therapeutics Inc. said five people died in clinical trials for the company’s Parkinson’s disease drug, the latest in a series of setbacks for the drugmaker.

“Failing to plan is planning to fail” states time management guru Alan Lakein. Nowhere does this axiom ring more true than in the tightly controlled world of Rx launches. Given the time and expense required to bring a prescription drug to market, coupled with its limited exclusive lifespan, we must maximize every moment from market conditioning to loss of exclusivity (LOE).

After years of intensive and expensive brand building, when a drug hits the patent wall, its equity evaporates overnight. Over the last few years, loss of exclusivity (LOE) has slashed the market share of the most well-known drugs in a matter of months.