AstraZeneca's "Group of 7" Says Goodbye and Gives AstraZeneca Credit for the Company's Clean-Up Efforts.
The notorious whistleblowers in AstraZeneca's "Group of Seven" have announced that they are going into hibernation after blowing the whistle on a variety of scandals in AstraZeneca's oncology sales division.
"We see that the company is making an effort to clean up their act and want to give them a chance to do so. To their credit, there has been no 'witch hunt' to discover our identities or retaliate against us. It's time for Congress, the Senate and the OIG to investigate what we've reported."
When asked if they would ever resurface in the media again, they replied:
"If AstraZeneca responds appropriately to its internal Code of Conduct Hotline, you'll never hear from us again. It won't be necessary for us to go to the government, Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Congressional Quarterly or, most importantly, Dr. Peter Rost. Peter will be the first one to hear from us. He has our utmost respect and trust."
And with that the world's blog readers cried; not only because it seemed so noble what the "Group of 7" had done, but also because they gave AstraZeneca credit in their last public statement; and most of all, because we already miss them.
As for me, I'm crying because now they're gone forever and I will never find out who they really were. Question Authority will not be the same without them.
But they will live on in our past posts and memories as the group that changed both the blogging world and the corporate world forever, that long, sunny spring in the year 2007, which was so filled by internal newsletters, audio tapes, slide presentations and other gloriously revealing documents.