This report will be aimed at a SWOT analysis of a new product to treat erectile dysfunction, Cialis, produced by the joint venture Lilly ICOS.
Strength : Cialis is more efficient than other products already sold on the market and has less constraints
* Lilly ICOS has very low financial funds compared to Pfizer.
* The time needed to introduce a new drug on the market is high because it has to be tested to be sure it’s not dangerous.
* The time needed to convince doctors to switch and suggest a new drug for the same health problem
* ICOS has no experience in launching new drug product
* People who have already tried Viagra and are dissatisfied with it are an easy target. Indeed, these people already talked about the problem to a doctor in the past and these people are still looking for a solution. This dissatisfaction can be due to the fact the product is not working, or for some inconvenience issues, eg. consumers cannot eat too fat otherwise Viagra has lower effect. Cialis does not have these constraints.
* Viagra is not used a lot by European. The market would thus be easier to penetrate.
* The main product used to treat ED is Viagra, produced by Pfizer, has been dominating the market for years and is already known worldwide by consumers.
* To penetrate the market, Cialis has to convince two targets: the chosen consumer group but also the doctors who prescribe the drug.
* There are issues concerning the culture of the target. Depending the country, the consumers are less keen to talk about erectile dysfunction to their doctor.
To penetrate the market with Cialis, Lilly ICOS should definitely not attack Viagra by the front because the group is too well known and has to higher financial ressources.
Another strategy would be to bypass and attack a niche but the benefits would be lowered
The best strategy according to me would be to attack Viagra... [continues]
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