What do you call the profession of the person that goes to a medical doctor such as a GP to distribute medicines, instructing the doctor about which medicine to prescribe for what purpose? Thanks.
It rather depends on perspective. The potential customer will use different names (often less than complimentary) to those used by the seller
- Often just 'Reps'
- Drug reps
- Pharma reps
- Or, as a GP friend insists - 'Pushers'
To the reps and the pharma companies
Many of these are generic but the following are all genuine job titles for drug reps from a quick trawl of the major job sites from the US, Britain and Australia
- Pharmaceutical sales representative
- Customer Sales & Service Executive
- Pharmaceutical Territory Manager
- Scientific Sales Specialist
- Field Sales - Life Sciences
- Hospital Sales Specialist
- Business Development Manager - Pharmaceutical
- GP & Medical Sales Specialist
- Rx Regional Account Manager
... And so on
Many, many names for what is, essentially, the same job.
Looking around the job sites, it is clear that there are some regional variations - names that you only see in the US for example.
If you want to be safe, I'd go with Pharmaceutical sales representative that one is used everywhere