"Would-be Whistleblowers: Never Tell Your Employer"
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Would-be Whistleblowers: Never Tell Your Employer, Urges Three-Time Pharma Industry Informant, Peter Rost
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Marketing professional-turned-author Peter Rost discusses the perils of whistleblowing, and his upcoming novel, "The Wolfpack," in an exclusive video interview on PharmaManufacturing.com.
ITASCA, IL (PRWeb) November 3, 2006 -- When one finds serious compliance issues at work, conventional wisdom holds that it's best to work through official corporate channels to resolve them.
In reality, that's usually not the best course of action. In fact, it's most likely to get one fired, demoted or worse. In a new video interview, Dr. Peter Rost, who "blew the whistle" on alleged marketing and financial compliance issues at Wyeth, Pharmacia and Pfizer, and whose recent book "Whistleblower: Confessions of a Healthcare Hitman" describes his experience, speaks candidly about what he's learned.
"If I had it to do all over again," he says, "I would have gone, immediately to the authorities, whether the police or the Department of Justice, when problems were discovered---or, at least, much sooner than I did."
Well-meaning employees who attempt to work issues out with their corporations often get entangled in a complex web of legal issues and corporate deceit, he suggests.
In the interview with Newark Star-Ledger healthcare reporter Ed Silverman, a contributor to PharmaManufacturing.com, Dr. Rost reveals why he remained at Pfizer for as long as he did, and why he decided to speak out, so publicly, on drug reimportation at a highly sensitive time in his career.
He also discusses blogging, his critics, the spat with Huffington Post, and his new career as a writer. As it turns out, "the truth is stranger than fiction," he says. For instance, he just learned that the high-security bunker that he dreamed up and described in his upcoming thriller, "The Wolfpack," actually exists.
Although pegged as an industry critic, Dr. Rost has high praise for much of what the pharmaceutical industry does. "There are many excellent people working in the industry, and I devoted 20 years of my life to it," he says.
Rost is one of the most widely recognized of a small group of insiders who have criticized the drug industry and regulatory agencies in the hopes of improving them. PharmaManufacturing will be profiling other whistleblowers, industry leaders and critics, in a series of print, audio and video interviews next year.
For more information, visit http://www.pharmamanufacturing.com/. To download the video or a full transcript of the interview, visit http://www.pharmamanufacturing.com/articles/2006/202.html