McCann Health roundtable report from Cannes Lions Health 2015

McCann Health hosted a lively roundtable debate on the future of pharma branding at the Cannes Lions Health 2015. Working with Campaign and moderated by Medical Marketing & Media; GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca and health scoring company Dacadoo joined McCann Health to look at the challenges around delivering creativity and effectiveness in advertising and marketing.

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The report outlines that, operating in one of the most highly regulated sectors; global pharmaceutical companies and their agencies face diverse, emerging challenges that vary by market.


The roundtable discussion brought out some key issues in pharma marketing:


  1. The lack of effective communications and the need to reach out to a broad range of stakeholders
  2. The need for greater patient-centricity as a vital component of brand strategy
  3. Understanding the impact of technology
  4. Leveraging brands as assets

“We have been looking at what constitutes a brand in pharmaceuticals and identified ‘user experience’ as a fertile ground for novel ways to build pharma brands for patients, as these brands can play meaningful roles in people’s lives”
– John Cahill, Global chief executive officer, McCann Health 

Two videos were also published with Campaign, looking at how technology is changing the pharmaceutical industry and patient centricity.



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