Pfizer whistleblower

16 Mar: Obama selects FDA commish — Peter Rost wuz robbed!

Despite celebrity endorsements courtesy of Photoshop (above), and a real endorsement by and others, Pfizer whistleblower Dr. Peter Rost came up short in his bid to become the next FDA commissioner. President Obama on Saturday announced the selection of Dr. Margaret Hamburg for the top food and drug post. We knew Peter was a longshot for the post, but what the heck — it was worth a shot. The good news is that Dr. Hamburg will bring a passion for and history of reform to an agency that needs it desperately. For Americans under 30, it might surprise you to know that the FDA has not always been a public laughingstock. In fact, in the 1970s, it earned a…

06 Dec:’s Rost interview cited in Connecticut’s The Day

The Day of New London, Conn., has a nice article on Dr. Peter Rost’s bid for FDA commissioner. Here’s an excerpt referencing our interview with Peter: If Pfizer Inc. were to describe its worst nightmare, it might very well be seeing former company whistleblower Peter Rost become commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. So guess who is actively seeking the FDA’s top post?… Rost said he is looking for a shakeup of the FDA, including a reorienting of the agency’s priorities from serving the drug industry to helping American citizens. “That means the agency would focus not only on the fastest and most efficient processing of new drug applications, but would also ensure that unsafe drugs are taken…

03 Dec: Q&A with Dr. Peter Rost,’s choice for FDA commissioner

It should come as no surprise to readers of this blog that we are delighted about the prospect of a new FDA commissioner in 2009 — one who we hope will put the interests of the people above those of large pharmaceutical companies. We have also been pleasantly surprised to see the groundswell of public support for Pfizer whistleblower Dr. Peter Rost for the FDA’s top job. A clear industry outsider like Dr. Rost might seem a longshot to ultimately win the job — but then again, Obama was a longshot to win the presidency. And there are these three hopeful signs: 1. Dr. Rost is blowing away the competition in the voting at John Mack’s influential Pharma Marketing Blog….