A Tale of Two Pharma Whistleblower Novels Big Pharma and Killer Drug
My summer reading included two novels about the pharmaceutical industry that featured industry whistleblowers and/or were written by whistleblowers.
The first novel I read was Big Pharma, The Novel, written by John Prieve, a former pharmaceutical executive. The other novel, Killer Drug, is the second by Peter Rost, a well-known whistleblower and former Pfizer executive.
Although whistleblowing figures prominently in both novels, the two are as different as night and day. Killer Drug is the night — very dark and lacking depth — whereas Big Pharma is the day — shedding light on real-world pharmaceutical marketing and sales practices.
This article is a review of both novels and includes insights from several bloggers and other experts, including Jane Chin.
Topics and issues covered include:
- Separating Fact from Fiction
- Big Pharma
- A Review of Big Pharma by an Insider
- Killer Drug Review
- The Rost Hype Machine
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Issue: Vol. 6, No. 7: August 2007
Word Count: 2945