Bruce Boise paid the price for being a big Pharma whistleblower. But in the long run, he did the right thing and came out ahead. He tells his whistleblower story in his new book “Cold Comfort.” It is clear that even as he survived the onslaught from Big Pharma, the path was very difficult.
Whistleblower Bruce Boise spills the beans
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We need more heroes like Bruce. He had no way of knowing if his whistleblowing would be successful. It clearly was.
Who is Bruce Boise?
Bruce Boise worked for nearly 24 years in the pharmaceutical industry, first as a hospital representative, and then as a sales manager in the Great Lakes region. After losing his job as a whistleblower, he spent portions of the next 17 years working with the United States Justice Department on two separate False Claims Act cases against his former employer, Cephalon/Teva, a neuro biotech company.
His story is told in a new book, Cold Comfort: One Man’s Struggle to Stop the Illegal Marketing of Powerful Opioid Drugs and Save Lives. He was featured on CBS-TV’s Whistleblower.
Boise, after exposing how Cephalon was illegally marketing off-label prescription drug usage, waited many years to see justice after wearing a wire, losing his job, becoming homeless, and black-balled by the pharmaceutical industry. At one point, he was flipping burgers for ten bucks an hour just to get by. Cephalon settled the case many years later with the United States for $425 million in fines and damages.
Today he advocates on behalf of whistleblowers and helps educate the public on the importance of supporting all whistleblowers.
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