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The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman

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A number of books critical of the pharmaceutical industry have recently been published, but none has been an exposé written by a senior executive of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. The Whistleblower is at once an unmasking of how corporations take care of malcontents and a gripping story of one man's fight to maintain his family and his sanity. Startin ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 23rd 2006 by Soft Skull Press
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Richard
A number of books critical of the pharmaceutical industry have recently been published, but none has been an exposé written by a senior executive of the world's largest pharmaceutical company, Pfizer. The Whistleblower is at once an unmasking of how corporations take care of malcontents and a gripping story of one man's fight to maintain his family and his sanity.

Until now, Dr. Rost's legal battle against Pfizer has not been disclosed, but his public efforts to legalize reimportation of drugs ha
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Kate
Jun 17, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, health
Not very well written, but an interesting look at the pharamceutical industry from an insider who tried to make them do the right (legal) thing. Adds another look to how messed up our health care industry is.
Ethan
Jan 27, 2016 Ethan rated it liked it
Peter Rost's account of his whisteblowing activities and struggles at Phizer after he brought potentially illegal activites to his superiors notice. This book is less of an expose than the title and description would lead you to believe. The wrong doings in the pharmaceutical industry that lead Rost to become a whistleblower are tax fraud and marketing drugs for off-label use. The fact that pharma companies engage in these activites should surprise exactly no one.
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Megan Elizabeth
Jul 23, 2015 Megan Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Intriguing.
Sabiel
Jul 15, 2007 Sabiel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: the total of 10 people who don't already know pharceutical companies are corrupt
Shelves: read-non-fiction
At a glance this book looks like an exciting indictment of Big Pharma. The guy was VP of Marketing at Pfizer, and is spilling it all. Yet, the prose is dull, the story sad but nothing new, and the book overall is a disappointment.

I am absolutely no fan of drug companies, but this book won't tell you much that you don't already know.
Gemma Dickinson
Jul 04, 2014 Gemma Dickinson rated it liked it
After becoming a huge fan of Dr Ben Goldacre's work, this seemed like a good direction to follow. Started well but slowly declined into rambling and self absorbed. Some interesting points and I am glad he documented his findings. Brave to become a whistleblower. I admire his spirit.
Worth a read, but erratic and disorganised in areas.
Kimberly
Aug 03, 2016 Kimberly rated it it was ok
I read this book because it was a requirement for my healthcare legal course for my graduate degree. Honestly, the book provides great insight into the world of mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers within the pharmaceutical industry and how to author disclosed illegal and fraudulent activity. However, buy the end, the author was incredibly desperate, understandable, but his desperation and antics clouded the beginning of the book.
Andrea
Jul 30, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it
Only for people in the industry, interesting but got tedious.
Kat Lynch
Nov 01, 2011 Kat Lynch rated it it was ok
Reconfirmed why I'm getting out of this industry. Interesting story, but poorly organized & Rost doesn't do a great job convincing the reader that he's not a self-interested corporateer.
Colleen Coffin
Mar 13, 2016 Colleen Coffin rated it really liked it
Very revealing story about when science meets big business. I'd recommend this to anyone who has an interest in marketing, pharmacuetical agencies, coorporations, or government.
Mylinda
Jun 01, 2011 Mylinda rated it liked it
Shelves: health
Okay, so this was more about one man's perspective working with pharmaceutical companies. Not really what I expected, but an okay read.
Iga
May 24, 2008 Iga rated it really liked it
A "healthcare thriller"; Pfizer exec reveals the naughtiness of Big Pharma. Marcia Angell is not crazy. What she write is true (gasp!)
Heather
Sep 15, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
A book which describes the corruption in Big Pharma and why Qui Tam law is important for future reform.
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