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    Steps To Close The Sale In Pharmaceuticals

    Pharma sales closing steps

    In pharma selling, you'll notice that how to close the sale is a very crucial part of the overall pharmaceutical selling skills. 

    In this post, you'll get to know about 4 steps to the closing, and the types of commitment you could ask for. 

    You probably find this as one of the best sales closing techniques, complete with an example, and it does cover what most doctors expect from medical sales reps.

    Best Sales Closing Techniques [With Examples]


    When you're going to close your sales call, you want to consider doing 2 things:

    • Remind your doctors of the product benefits
    • Asking them for a commitment

    When you succeed with one product, you can move on to your next product, if you're selling more than one product.

    In today's typical medical sales jobs, you often find yourself with multiple products portfolio. That's just how things are going in pharmaceutical sales.

    Closing a pharmaceutical sales call


    'Closing' here means 'asking for a commitment.'

    One crucial factor to look out for when you want to bring a sales call to a close is TIMING. Asking at the right time is essential, and the question now is, "How do you tell that it is the right time?"

    You know it is the right time through a subtle action called 'checking for receptivity.'

    Checking for doctor's receptivity


    There are 3 simple things for you to carry out when you're checking for your doctor's responsiveness:

    1. Listening
    2. Probing
    3. Trial closing

    These three things are pre-requisite to close the sale in pharmaceuticals. You'll be learning all these as part of your pharmaceutical selling skills, and they are probably the most 'drilled' skills when you take up medical sales jobs.

    Addressing the doctor's concern or handling the doctor's objection


    Naturally, you'll find that many doctors have their own opinion and preference when dealing with what you're presenting to them. You need to manage that. If you can manage it, then you use a trial close again.

    You repeat this until you can bring yourself to a sales close. Be mindful that doctors expect medical sales reps to treat them like a human. Put yourself in their shoes for that particular moment and ask yourself, "Am I doing this as humanely as possible?"

    Your 4 steps to close the sale in pharmaceuticals


    Here are your four steps to take when you're bringing a pharma sales to call to a close:

    1. You summarize the benefits
    2. You ask for a commitment.
    3. You thank the doctor.
    4. You present dosage or product sample.

    Let's take a look at a simplified example of each step.

    A simplified example of how to close the sale


    1. Summarize benefits


    "Given Drug X effectiveness in reducing blood pressure - especially in elderly patients, excellent side effect profile, low maintenance dosing, and greater compliance..."

    When you summarize the benefits of your product:

    • Remind the HCP of the benefits you discussed during your presentation
    • Highlight the affirmative which reinforces their receptivity and prepares them to 'Yes.'
    • Builds your confidence and conviction, preparing you to ask for a commitment

    2. Ask for commitment

    "I'd like to ask you then, Dr, when you see an elderly patient who you think is a suitable candidate for a Drug Z, would you be willing to try Drug X for that patient?"

    When you ask for a doctor's Commitment, you want to be specific, results-oriented, and realistic. You want your doctor to do something. For example, asking if you could leave samples is not a result-oriented commitment.

    3. Thank the Dr

    "Thanks DR. I think you'll be pleased with the results."

    4. Present dosage and sample

    "I'll leave enough samples for several patients. You should start patients on 5 mg once-daily and then give Drug X some time since it has a gradual onset of action. You'll see maximum results in about 4 weeks."

    If you have read this far, you now have the idea on how to close the sale in pharmaceuticals

    This is one of 9 pharmaceutical selling skills that are required of you to carry out your medical sales job. 

    If you want to succeed with pharma selling, then, like what you've read before, meet what doctors expect from medical sales reps combine with lots of human touches.

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