Keytruda 2017 report




Published July 2018 • 27 Pages

The 5 Key Questions Addressed by this Report:

  • How many physicians were reached by Keytruda through reportable promotional activity in 2017 and how does this compare to its peer set in the Bladder Cancer, Gastric Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Hodgkin Lymphoma, Melanoma, and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer markets?
  • What promotional mix was leveraged (e.g., sales rep detailing, physician education, and paid speaking) and what was the median spend on each type of activity?
  • How does Merck’s depth of coverage vary within key specialties (e.g., Hematology/Oncology, Medical Oncology, Internal Medicine, Pathology, and Radiation Oncology) and how does this compare to its peers and the overall set of rep-accessible physicians?
  • How often are physicians receiving paid meals for Keytruda throughout the year (e.g., monthly, quarterly, annually)?
  • Who were the most frequent meal recipients and top paid speakers for Keytruda in 2017?

Data Sources and Methodology:

  • MDDetails leverages company-reported financial transaction data disclosed through CMS Open Payments. This data set captures all transfers of value (e.g., speaking fees, consulting fees, travel, education, and meals) made on behalf of a drug or device manufacturer to a physician. More than four years of longitudinal data is available – covering payments to more than 975,000 U.S. healthcare professionals.
  • Over 21,800 paid interactions across 6,200 physicians made on behalf of Keytruda were carefully examined to support our analysis. In addition, interaction data from 25 peer products (e.g. Abraxane, Adcetris, Alecensa, Alimta, Alunbrig, Avastin, Bavencio, Cotellic, Cyramza, Erbitux, Gilotrif, Herceptin, Imfinzi, Imlygic, Iressa, Mekinist, Opdivo, Proleukin, Tafinlar, Tagrisso, Tarceva, Tecentriq, Xalkori, Zelboraf, and Zykadia ) was leveraged to provide benchmarking and market insights.