1. White House pressures FDA on unproven Japanese drug for COVID— As Covid-19 hinders clinical trial operations, research staff are finding themselves out of work— Aspen Neuro adds $70M to test Parkinson's cell therapy — See more on our front page news Stay updated with the latest pharma-related coronavirus news on our new page
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Think you have witnessed fraud?Ask a Whistleblower Attorney -- a chance to discuss whistleblower-related legal issues with practicing whistleblower attorneys.
    Dismiss Notice

I felt like Lex Luthor

Discussion in 'The Darkened Sample Closet' started by anonymous, Oct 9, 2015 at 7:49 PM.

Tags: Add Tags
  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Took a huge step today and quit my job. 8+ years working in the Pharmaceutical industry was soul-crushing and put me in very bad health, mentally and physically. I feel 100 lbs lighter.

    No offense to my pharma cohorts but everyday I felt more unethical and immoral working for an industry that capitalizes on the health of all of us. My company raised the price of insulin 3 times in the past year and a half. Why? No reason except more profit. I saw people, mostly elderly, who could not afford their insulin because the price kept going higher and higher.

    It really hit me hard when an elderly woman walked up to me in a doctor's office, crying. She saw my name tag and my product, which was insulin. She told me her husband was on a high dose of insulin but he had hit the Medicare "Donut Hole" and could no longer afford his insulin. She tried everything from applying for my company's assistance program to using nothing but samples we provide to the doctor. She begged me to do something. All I could say was that I was sorry and there was nothing I could do for her. She asked me why the price went up on my product and I told her I didn't know. She started to sob and walked away. I walked out of the office and to my car and I started to cry myself. I've never felt so helpless.

    What do you do when your job actually keeps people from living? It's a terrible, greedy industry. Don't believe the commercials and don't, for gods sake, don't ever, ever feel sorry for a pharmaceutical company that loses profits or has to pay a billion dollar fine.

    Trust me they, along with the insurance companies, are ripping you off. Insurance companies won't pay for a pen of insulin but they will cover the same product in a vile?? Pens are by far the easiest to use and more convenient. It doesn't make sense.

    I apologize to all of you. I'm sorry for working for an industry that profits from your diseases and I'm sorry for adding to the hardship and frustration of preventing you from getting the treatment you need.

    If you don't think universal healthcare is an answer, work in pharmaceuticals for a DAY and you will change your mind.

  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    not sure Universal HealthCare is the answer, (Socialism NEVER is) but your post is terrific! A savage indictment of probably the most repugnant, greedy, dishonest industry out there…How else can they pay reps 100K for delivering sandwiches? What other industry has the types of profit margins that can pay corporate welfare to thousands of employees that put in part time hours?

    I am happy you got out…I know what you mean about feeling lighter…I was literally being made sick emotionally, mentally, and physically by the job…I enjoyed the money, but got to the point I could not live with myself anymore…that is why they want young college grads that they can just brainwash…

    once you really know what is going on, the "job" becomes impossible to do if you have any degree of self awareness or consciousness.
  3. anonymous

    anonymous Guest

    Just rambling here, but here are my thoughts on this:

    All other industries are just as greedy. Look at public schools and what they teach, at all levels. Other sales openings are corrupt, and treat their reps worse than pharmaceuticals.

    What you are saying is not totally off base, but it is still a good job and it is foolish to leave it. We have to pay our bills. Life is what it is. Its a grind.

    Also, this world is a total joke for the most part. Nothing will ever change. So, it is best to just go with the flow and do you job and give thanks for what you have.

    One more thing that is highly recommended is to not buy anything on credit, including a home. This is more true in our industry, because of all the instability.

    The best move is to just rent, because it will give you the flexibility to move to better cities that fit your needs or employment aspirations. Getting tied down with a pharmaceutical company that doesn't care about you or your job stability, and combining this with a mortgage, is a terrible move.

    Good luck with your new career.