Friends don’t let friends become pharma reps

Ed Silverman at Pharmalot turned us on to a survey that has been going on since January at the infamous CafePharma. The survey asked, “Would you encourage a friend to become a drug sales rep?”

As Ed summarized the response:

Only if you’re not interested in remaining friends. At least that’s the take-away message from the latest poll at CafePharma, where sales reps love to dish about docs and detailing.

The survey, which has been going on since January, suggests most reps who value their friendships — or 72 percent — would urge their pals to find a different job. Which job? That didn’t come up, but if the housing market picks up, maybe selling aluminum siding is an option.

Here are the results:

Yes, for sure! It is a great job! — 25, or 10.6 percent;

Probably yes — 40, or 17 percent;

Probably no — 61, or 26 percent;

Hell no! You would have to be crazy — 109, or 46.4 percent.

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