I read today about a hepatitis C drug that costs $1,000 per pill. It’s called Sovaldi. Don’t get me started on the paucity of pharma names – it seems they are all used up. Marketing consists of 4Ps: Product, Price, Place and Promotion — so I have a question for the marketing director of Sovaldi. Is this a niche product for the very rich? The rich who, by the way, don’t index high for Hep C?
There are three parties involved in this little health care rubric: the drug company, the patient and the insurance company. The drug company (Gilead) is giddy with its 1st quarter earnings. Record earnings. The patients are happy, I suppose, with a drug that presumably is better than what currently exists. And the insurance companies? They must be clearly wondering how this drug got through the FDA.
The pharma marketing director who set the price of Sovaldi must have used a formula to cover R&D, physician detailing, marketing etc., but s/he knew that insurance companies would foot the bill. Very few people can pay $1,000 for a pill.
So who is to blame for approving this non-viable, specialty product? Not to seem cold but someone along the chain must have known this drug price would be a little out of hand. They must also have known insurance companies would pay for it. In what marketing scenario does one price a product so high that nobody but a very few can afford it? Entire families are going without healthcare in the ACA Age because of the price of one of these pills. Something is broken. And someone from the insurance industry needs to step up and fix it. Peace.
November 21, 2017 in Marketing
I was going over some notes taken during a recent WARC webinar presented by (my boy) Faris Yakob and came across a slide on the customer journey. I’m a fan of customer journey having created a facsimile I call Twitch Point Planning. Twitch Point Planning attempts to “understand, map and manipulate a customer closer to […]
November 20, 2017 in Marketing
I’m a big proponent of something I call Meme Metrics. Wikipedia defines a meme as “A meme (/ˈmiːm/ MEEM) is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture — often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme.” As a blogger who […]
November 17, 2017 in Brand Strategy
I’ve been on a little discovery jag lately. When you are a consultant and freelance for ad or branding agencies, you must often use discovery methodologies with which you are unfamiliar. You do it then calibrate your brain to cill the insights needed to write the brief. A brief that may, also, not be yours. […]
November 14, 2017 in Marketing
Radhika Jones was named editor in chief of Vanity Fair magazine yesterday. Vanity Fair is a literary brand with few global peers. Magazine brands like The New Yorker and Vanity Fair have a history of long standing editors, people who sit atop the title for decades. Great magazines get branding. When asked about her plans […]
November 13, 2017 in Marketing
I just read an interesting study on brand recall. The methodology used saw consumers attempt to draw from memory brand logos. Starbucks, Target, Apple, Adidas, etc. are apparently hard to recreate when asked to put pen to paper. Much easier I would imagine, would be creating logos when given marks and type from a sort […]
November 9, 2017 in Marketing
Before there was Google Maps, before there was Waze, before Siri, we used to be get into cars and drive to places we had never been before, without software. Only a couple hundred years ago we navigated by trails, celestial guides and landmarks. Branding is a little old school like this. We create trails that […]
November 7, 2017 in Brand Strategy
Brand planners at agencies have two jobs. One job is to assist with new business strategy where they mine insights that make it easier for consumers to like, want and buy a brand. The other type of brand planner runs day-to-day tactical business. These are the day-planners. Once the master strategy is in place, […]