Very engaging, funny and well written! But for me, the funniest part, was just how true this book was (viagra part aside - i cannot validate that !) now, just to set the record straight, i have never worked for pfizer, but i have worked in this industry! Unlike the author, i have not stayed in bed until 10 am while professing to work, nor have i paid someone to fill up my company car while i enjoy a cocktail or many on a beach and i have never dipped into the company products - i think a lot of companies have measures in place these days to guard against that! Though i am sure this does go on! But that aside, the details on the training had be spewing quotes to my husband who had listened to all of this before as i relayed my own tales of training! I almost died laughing at how the author had worked for such a completely different company, yet had experiences so similar to me. But reidy manages to make it a frivolous frat-boy story how funny it is that he stole samples, collected fake signatures, fudged his expenses, and handed out drugs to friends and family. А ако сте гледали филма (като мене) - няма нищо общо, женският образ дори не е споменат в книгата.
Its like it seemed like it was a great idea - whats it like to be a pharma rep to sell viagra! - but the reality - at least of reidys life - far less exciting. From my understanding, love & other drugs (the movie with anne hathaway and jake gyllenhaal) was based off this book. But i can honestly say that the movies trailer made me want to read the book before hand so in that aspect i was sorely disappointed.
Не мисля, че гледната точка, макар и на вътрешен човек, е толкова интересна и разкриваща ни нещо ново. Basically, i would have stopped reading the book had i not worked in pharma advertising (i wrote the stuff the sales reps used to sell). Books that become movies are usually butchered by hollywood, and while love and other drugs has certainly been hollywood-ized, it is still similar enough to hard sell that it wasnt ruined.
It has however helped to re-solidify my views against the fda and the slackers tasked with pushing drugs that are either unnecessary or harmful onto the general populace. Nonetheless, it is a very quick and interesting read that will make you laugh and piss you off at the same time. Jamie himself in the epiloge talks about how he failed readers in his book bc he didnt invite them into his hopes, fears, dreams, etc.
Also, as someone who has worked in sales, its interesting to see how similar (and more so different) a drug rep is. Enjoyed the first half, the second half was kind of slow until the end where it really picked up, then abruptly ende it was entertaining, an interesting story, good insight into salesman university. I find it hard to believe that reidys shenanigans didnt cross the line from juvenile to unlawful.
As an author, he makes the opposite judgement call, dwelling instead way more on the where what how when of his time in pharma sales and gives shallow gloss to his personal story. Ive been simultaneously interested in and disturbed by the practice of pharmaceutical sales for quite some time and was curious to read this insiders account of his time in the industry. Edward zwick apenas usou este livro como ponto de partida, acabando por nada ter a ver com o livro. The best part of the book may be the epilogue where he discusses his quitting pfizer, severance negotiations with lilly, and familys interactions. His writing style makes me feel like he is having a conversation where he has leaned in to share privileged (and juicy) information with me, resulting in a quick read and leaving me wanting just a bit more.
He couldnt even sell viagra! He was, therefore, bilking pfizer out of hundreds of thousands of dollars of salary as he brags about waking up at 10, cutting out at 3 or 4 and signing doctors names so he wouldnt have to go on sales calls. I have been meaning to watch love and other drugs - the movie that this book inspired, especially after a recent sales meeting when a co-worked mentioned that all the fuss, hype and stunts reminded him of this movie! But as i am on a reading kick right now, i decided to buy the book instead! I am glad i did! It was a fun, easy, entertaining read. Em terceiro lugar, senti que o autor se esforça, em vrios momentos, por parecer engraçado e isso acaba por tornar a leitura um pouco enfadonha. The middle is how he did as little work as possible for the most benefit to himself---depending on your outlook it will either make you laugh or make you angry. A couple of the most memorable lines in the book are i witnessed men undergo complete personality makeovers in the presence of female salespeople, and the women had the most basic human response on their side regardless how behind schedule or how crazy the day, a male doctor would snap to attention at a mere whiff of perfume or a glance at a pretty girl, his instinctive desire to reproduce having kicked into gear.
It was a long time since i read a 200 page book like this one in only a day and laughed this much. I am sure every pharma and med rep could relate to that! This is one of the most fun reads i have had in a while, though i recommend it to any reader. Still, since he is an entertaining writer and the world of pharmaceutical sales is so compelling to me, i found the book still to be worthwhile. Silly me actually thought the movie trailers would have something to do with the book! All i wondered as i read this book was, when does anne hathaways character come into this memoir? She never does. The accounts mentioned in the book are most definitely accurate in terms of what has happened in the realm of pharmaceutical marketing.
From my understanding, love & other drugs (the movie with anne hathaway and jake gyllenhaal) was based off this book. It said it was based on the movie love & other drugs and if i hadnt had a chance to watch the movie i love to read the book first. As someone else noted, many of the laws for pharmaceutical sales have changed since the time period of this book, but in case you forget the time period, the jokes about friends and other late 80s90s references will refresh you a catchy, enjoyable, easy read about the sales in the mid 90s pharma industry. Also, by the time i was 75-80 through the book i was sort of done with it. Half the book is just about being a pharma rep, not about being a pharma rep who sells viagra (he initially sold zithromax and other stuff). Most of us are not this bad though - an entertaining read, especially for anyone connected to this industry. The best part of the book may be the epilogue where he discusses his quitting pfizer, severance negotiations with lilly, and familys interactions. Sometimes you cant help but love jamie and other times you want to toss the book across the room because hes so arrogant and jerky. Amor pelo quê? Pelo trabalho? Ele no o tinha! Ele um completo desorganizado, sem métodos de trabalho, s queria festa e descanso. I was inspired to read hard sell after watching the movie love & other drugs which the movie was supposedly loosely-inspired from.Jan 12, 2006 ... Since the beginning of recorded history, man has searched for a more .... Roseville marriage and family therapist David Chervick .... Viagra has replaced steroids as the superlative de jour and serves ... Reidy writes in Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, that .... Sacramento Sweet Deals Image ...