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The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman [Paperback]

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A senior executive of one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies traces his fight to combat unethical corporate practices while protecting his family, describing his witness to illegal activities, support of the legalization of drug reimportation, and victimization in the face of his employer's retaliatory actions. Original.

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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. Starting in 2003, the book details the illegal, even criminal business practices the author witnessed at his corporation, as well as his crusade to legalize the reimportation of drugs. It also explains how in this post-Enron world whistle-blowers can't simply be fired, and what the author's corporation did to coerce and silence him. A story of a battle that continues today, one which any American who takes or will take prescription drugs has a stake in, The Whistleblower is a powerful testimony.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 10, 2006
Publisher   Soft Skull Press
ISBN  193336839X  
ISBN13  9781933368399  

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Good Marketing trumps Good Medicine  Jun 5, 2008
It's 2008 and I just read Dr. Rost's book. It is unfortunate that only patented proprietary drugs with large marketing budgets are promoted to the medical profession. It's all about maintaining the bottom line. Most medical professionals employed by Big Pharma sucumb to the trappings of their offices and support the corporate goals. Dr. Rost thought it was about Good Medicine. His tenacity will pay off in the end and may help change the marketing by Big Pharma. His story is just one of many who have resigned from Big Pharma positions because good medicine has been trumped by good marketing. He has the courage to tell his story. His recital about the exit waltz makes interesting reading. What isn't clearly stated is the culpability of Pharmacia management as well as the other companies in the original off label uses of the human growth hormone. Big Pharma as stated by Dr Rost has spent billions on fines for violating Good Manufacturering rules and practices if in the end the result is that the payoff is worth the risk. These practices just drive up the final cost of prescriptions to the consumer. T. Braun RPh. Confessions of a Drug Pusher
Warning: Don't Read Before Bedtime  Nov 17, 2007
"The Whistleblower" by Peter Rost ought to come with a warning label: "Don't read before bedtime. This page-turner won't let you sleep until you've read it cover to cover."

"The Whistleblower" is much more than a story about one man's titanic battle against corruption in the pharmaceutical industry. It's a story of courage in the face of corruption in any industry ... and a must-read book for anyone who has ever fought (or thought about fighting) the system.
HONEST  Sep 2, 2007
I have read many books about the healthcare industry and this is a very HONEST book... it amazes me how we all got into the healthcare business to help people and then you get SUCKED into the politics that rampage the healthcare industry. If you are a honest, hardworking person and you irregularities and tell senior management the next thing, you know you are out looking for another job.... THEY FIRE YOU! When I read this book I didn't feel like I was the only this has happened too!
The Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman  Jan 16, 2007
An excellent book on the new age of mergers and the lack of support for the employees that don't get the golden parachutes.

Good reading for all ages.
Giant Killers: The Team and the Law that Help Whistle-blowers Recover America's Stolen Billions   Jan 12, 2007
Most Americans don't know they have the legal power to redress corporate corruption and wrong-doing. Citizens can file a case under the False Claims Act if they have proof their employer has defrauded the United States government. 'Giant Killers,' by Henry Scammell, explains in gripping detail how average, honest Americans have played David against the corporate Goliath, and won. 'Giant Killers' brings out the David in all of us.

The book is an inspiring set of stories. In one, a veteran comes home to a job with a corporate electronics manufacturer, only to find that his company expects him to approve faulty products that are then sold to the U.S. government, at great profit. He balks. His bosses ostracize and then force him out of the company. This story plays out agains and again throughout the book, till you want to hurl the book at a wall in despair.

Enter the lawyers. As a lawyer who prosecutes 'qui tam' suits under the False Claims Act (the 1986 law that allows whistle-blowers to get a percentage of the financial settlement if the case against their employer is successful), I believe Henry Scammell's book does a good job of showing how whistle-blowers and their legal teams can win in the fight against corporate corruption. This area of law is not widely publicized, which is a shame, since there is no end to corporations and companies ready to practice fraud against the government, if they can get away with it.

'Giant Killers' is a book that is easy to read and is emotionally satisfying: the good guys win in the end. Publicity for the False Claims Act is timely, since we may be needing this protction against fraud now more than ever. Cheer for the whistle-blowers and their lawyers who bring a little justice to an unjust world.

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