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

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