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See Big Pharma Through the Eyes of a CEO, Antagonist Colum McAlister

By on Aug 22, 2014 in Big Pharma, Book Excerpts | 0 comments

In the following excerpt of Miracle Man, we get an inside look at big pharma through the eyes of a CEO of a pharmaceutical company, antagonist Colum McAlister. We meet McAlister for the first time and get a vision of all he represents:   Colum McAlister was the CEO of Bushings. Standing six feet tall and at one hundred seventy pounds, he was trim and in good shape for a man of sixty-three. Working-out every day under the supervision of his personal trainer in the private gym of his office suite helped in that respect. He had a perennial tan and his sparse silver hair was perfectly groomed, as were his manicured highly polished finger nails. His complexion had the toned radiance usually reserved to movie stars and only obtained through a regimen of weekly facial treatments. He dressed in “bespoke” shirts, suits and neckties from Saville Row and his shoes were custom made in Italy. His gold and sapphire Cartier cuff-links and tie-pin perfectly complemented his gray suit and pale blue monogrammed shirt. The only items that he was wearing which weren’t personally created for him were his argyle socks, underwear and Hermes belt. Even his pink gold Patek Philippe wristwatch was custom designed at a cost of almost two hundred thousand dollars, a sixtieth birthday gift from his wife. While McAlister’s appearance had been painstakingly tooled, there was an inherent roughness to the man which was discernible in his eyes and the way he carried himself. The street fighting kid who grew up in one of Brooklyn’s worst neighborhoods wasn’t far beneath the polished veneer.   For more, you can purchase the book here.   Related: What the Face of Big Pharma Truly Looks Like, a Look at Protagonist Colum McAlister...

July 25: 60-second Read from Miracle Man

By on Jul 25, 2014 in Big Pharma, Book Excerpts | 0 comments

For this week’s excerpt of Miracle Man we delve into Bobby’s struggle against big pharma, and his motivation to transform into a true “Miracle Man” by curing diseases that big pharma wished to treat, not cure.   Over the next few months, Bobby immersed himself in researching various diseases and the progress that had been made in science’s efforts to find cures. He was dismayed. Tens of billions of dollars had been spent on research and where were the cures? No major disease had been cured in decades. Research seemed to be fragmented, unfocused and uncoordinated, with much duplication of effort, and researchers going off on their own tangents, distracted by forays into matters of general academic interest. Cure research appeared to be a self-perpetuating industry of its own with no sense of urgency but lots of people making a living from it. And more often than not, the thrust was not to find a cure, but to create a treatment—a product that could be sold. Ongoing treatments with drugs rather than cures seemed to be the focal point. Keep selling those pills day after day rather than eradicate the need for them. Was that cynicism or reality? Bobby didn’t know.     For more, you can purchase the book here. Related: 4 Quotes from “Miracle Man” Robert James Austin that Unmask Big...

What the Face of Big Pharma Truly Looks Like, a Look at Protagonist Colum McAlister

By on Jul 2, 2014 in Big Pharma, Book Excerpts | 0 comments

In the following excerpt of Miracle Man, big pharma is given a human face through antagonist Colum McAlister, CEO of the pharma company Bushings, who rallies his colleagues against the scientific advances of Robert James Austin:   Framed by the library’s imposing fireplace, McAlister spoke as if Obermeir had never uttered a word. “Gentlemen, I love our industry and I know you do too. I’ve given my life to it. I started out as a stock boy at a warehouse loading dock when I was seventeen. And now, Austin is destroying our business. Nobody knows who this guy is or where he came from. Some say he’s a mutant. For all we know, he’s an alien. But who cares? He’s going to cost a million people their jobs and destroy the nest-eggs of tens of millions of our shareholders. If he keeps going on like he has—the only thing left for us to manufacture will be tampons and laxatives. So we have to confront realities. We’ve been entrusted to run our companies and to do what’s best for our shareholders. That’s our job and we’re paid well to do it. Austin’s our competitor and we have to beat him. It’s really no more complicated than that. I hope I have your support.” With the exception of Obermeir, all of the CEOs present agreed that Robert James Austin was the enemy and the enemy had to be stopped.     For more, you can purchase the book here.   Related: June 27: 60-Second Read From Miracle Man...

4 Quotes from “Miracle Man” Robert James Austin That Unmask Big Pharma

By on Jun 8, 2014 in Big Pharma, Book Quotes | 0 comments

  1.    “Tens of billions of dollars have been spent on research, but where are the cures?  No major disease has been cured in decades.”   2.     “Cure research is a self-perpetuating industry of its own with no sense of urgency but lots of people making a living from it.”   3.      “The thrust of Big Pharma’s  research is not to find a cure, but to create a treatment—a product that can be sold.  Ongoing treatments with drugs rather than cures.”   4.       “Keep selling those pills day after day rather than eradicate the need for them.  That’s Big Pharma’s mantra.”