Item description for The Pawn of Pharma by Evan Jacobs...
Samantha Harmon, a recently hired sales representative for a multinational drug company, struggles to succeed in the extremely competitive American pharmaceutical industry. Living in the shadows of her widowed father, a high-level executive with the organization, she attempts to develop a career while caught up in a business environment where the players do not always have the public's best interest in mind. Dr. Goldfarb, a prominent physician, speaker, and promoter for the corporation, creates a web of industry professionals he manipulates in order to gain from the loosely regulated business. Samantha accidentally learns of one of his murderous schemes. Her knowledge threatens to bring down Dr. Goldfarb, ending his profiteering. Consequently, the young woman's life is threatened by those who wish to silence her. The Pawn of Pharma is a story about corporate greed, business ethics, family loyalty, a search for purpose, and the excessiveness of the American pharmaceutical industry.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 28, 2005
Publisher Outskirts Press
ISBN 1932672885 ISBN13 9781932672886
Availability 71 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 21, 2016 07:39.
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More About Evan Jacobs
Evan Jacobs was born in Long Island, New York and he moved to Irvine, California when he was 4 years old. He lived there for a year before relocating with his family to Fountain Valley, where he still lives. As a filmmaker, Evan has directed 14 low budget films and he's also had various screenplays produced and realized by other directors. He is currently hard at work on several movie and book projects. Evan also works as a Behavior Interventionist with people who have special needs. "Attack Of The Drone" is his sixth young adult novel. You can find out more about him athttp: //ronnisbooks.blogspot.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Pawn of Pharma?
It's like a handbook for evil! Aug 7, 2005
This book brings light to a lot of issues that are foreign to most of us doctor going, pill-taking public. It really makes you think about why you are taking that pill, and what forces of economics, sexual politics, and career wrangling put that pill in your hand.
I think most of us still go into the doctor's office wanting to reinforce our childhood image of the doctor as the self sacrificing servant of mankind. Shows like ER and Chicago Hope add protagonists and emotion to that image, but for the most part reinforce it. They fail to illustrate the true diversity of motivations to become a doctor that are enumerated in Jacobs' book. They fail also to illustrate the conflicts of interest that are the moral crisis shaping the doctor's decision landscape, so ever-present in this story.
In addition to being a fresh angle on the subject, the story itself is exquisitely crafted. I am reminded of "The Art of War" as the two opposing sides each execute clever strategies that exhibit a deft control of human nature. It will have you pondering the backstabbing that goes on at your workplace with a much more aloof perspective. You might even borrow some of the manipulative techniques for your own devilish agenda. In that sense, it is like a handbook for evil!
Big Pharma Excess Jul 19, 2005
Easy to read, hard to put down, this novelized picture of reality in the drug sales business would make a great movie or TV program. Based on the author's experience as a detail man, the heroine, a detail woman, finally realizes how much damage she does in overpromoting a fictional drug that turns out to be harmful in some cases (think Vioxx). The influence of Big Pharma on prescribing habits is well presented, and those habits have little to do with good medical science or cost, except maybe to keep the cost high.