Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (2)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A
Dr. Rost's story is a personal one, told in a very readable and understandable, yet fast-paced manner. It tells how Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical (and supposedly ethical) company reacted when he started to question dubious and illegal "off-label" sales practices, sexual shenanigans and finally, Pfizer's corporate and US national policies on drug pricing. As...
Published on 6 Oct 2006 by Pharma Giles

versus
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average at best...
While it is impressive that someone would risk it all to push what they feel are the essential truths to the fore, this book has an unfortunately 'bleaty' feel about it. I lost track of the number of times we were reminded that the author risked it all, put himself and his family at risk, faced future recriminations - while all the time pulling a 6 figure salary that was...
Published on 7 Aug 2012 by Braddan


Most Helpful First | Newest First

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A, 6 Oct 2006
This review is from: The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman (Paperback)
Dr. Rost's story is a personal one, told in a very readable and understandable, yet fast-paced manner. It tells how Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical (and supposedly ethical) company reacted when he started to question dubious and illegal "off-label" sales practices, sexual shenanigans and finally, Pfizer's corporate and US national policies on drug pricing. As a Vice President of Marketing, he was pretty well placed to see the murkier side of his business. In that situation, you can do one of three things: you can shut up and carry on taking the fat salary (and I guess, even post-Enron, that's what usually happens), you can quit, or you can speak out. Dr. Rost chose the last option. Pfizer were not best pleased. I won't spoil the book by telling you what happened, but I can only admire Dr. Rost's ability to resist and triumph in an unbelievable situation that would have left most people shattered or suicidal.

It seems incredible that a major multi-national company (and especially one that presents itself both to its employees and to the outside world as a "caring, sharing" employer that "respects people" and "values diversity") would go to the extremes that Pfizer did (and still do), just to try (and fail) to shut up one lone dissenting voice. Yet Dr. Rost gives exquisite details of all of the expensive lawyers, spooks, intimidation and surveillance techniques that Pfizer ranged against him in an unbelievably spiteful effort to cow him into silence. It's not surprising that Pfizer's products come at a premium price, given the legal overheads they must have.

Such a tale could easily come across as a spot of axe-grinding by a bitter ex-employee. This doesn't. It's a rattlingly good, intelligently-told yarn and a compulsive page-turner. I devoured the whole thing in a couple of hours. Not only does Rost make the US legal stuff understandable, he also provides some laugh-out-loud moments (like his brush with Pfizer's "decruitment consultants" during its hostile take-over of Pharmacia) and some serious general observations as well.

Chapter 19 ("How Corrupt Is The Drug Industry?") is particularly thought-provoking - Dr. Rost suggests that an industry that "leverages its scale" by regarding nine-figure fines for illegal activities as an acceptable cost of business should rightly be labelled a criminal one. How is it possible to disagree?

For anyone in the UK who follows the politics of the global healthcare industry, or indeed for anyone in the UK who works in it, this book is a must-read. Buy it.[...]
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't like the truth!, 2 Sep 2011
By 
J. Harrison "The Maverick" (West Midlands, UK) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman (Paperback)
The story of the Vice President of Marketing (no less) at Pfizer exposing malpractices in the drugs industry - no surprise there then. It follows through with the gradual side-lining of the man, the smear campigns and the legal attempts to block everything - that is until the files went to Capitol Hill! During that process, the man is protected by law but eventually he is ousted from his job and the drug company, after issuing denials about everything, just carry on as if nothing had happened. An interesting read more reminiscent of a spy novel.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average at best..., 7 Aug 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman (Paperback)
While it is impressive that someone would risk it all to push what they feel are the essential truths to the fore, this book has an unfortunately 'bleaty' feel about it. I lost track of the number of times we were reminded that the author risked it all, put himself and his family at risk, faced future recriminations - while all the time pulling a 6 figure salary that was well into the multi 100k bracket. As for the expose itself; spoiler - the companies misrepresented and embezzled to increase profits on paper with little concern for consumers or employees. I rarely feel my money is wasted on a literary purchase but here I fear it was. If you are interested in the pharmaceutical 'underground' rather than a polished and presented Sunday papers style narrative look elsewhere.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman
The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman by Peter Rost (Paperback - 2 Sep 2006)
£8.51
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews