When those profiting from a new migraine medication with the undisclosed side effect of causing enhanced, spontaneous PTSD flashbacks silence a whistleblower, Blake Lawrence must rely on his courtroom skills to uncover how and why the FDA approved the drug.
The answer is not what anyone in the courtroom expects.
Andrew Hayden III is on the verge of vaulting the corporation bearing his name to pharmaceutical industry prominence pending FDA approval of Xyprotaine, a revolutionary migraine medication, when Darnell Young, Hayden Labs’ vice president of research and development, discovers clinical trial notes summarizing potentially catastrophic side effects withheld from the FDA. These notes, suggesting enhanced PTSD flashbacks in patients taking both Xyprotaine and antidepressants, were written by Dr. Reginald Cosgrove, who is pending Senate confirmation as the next Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
Struggling with the loss of significant wealth his stock options could provide, Young takes the high road and vows to keep the drug off the market pending additional clinical trials to address the undisclosed side effects. After sending a whistleblower letter to the FDA he joins forces with Blake Lawrence, his college roommate and a lawyer with Sterling Atwater, to fight powerful forces from both inside and outside the company with significant wealth hinging on Xyprotaine’s approval. These forces will resort to any method necessary, including blackmail, intimidation and murder, to stop anyone standing in the way of its approval.
Hayden succeeds in obtaining FDA approval.
But how? And at what cost?
Tight, focused writing and shocking twists along the way. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys high-stakes drama/thriller with an intelligent and unpredictable plot that feels very authentic and true-to life, and explores the darkest parts of human greed and corruption. Karen Matthews – Indie Book Reviewers
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After spending countless hours in cubicles, offices and conference rooms over the last thirty plus years Tom purchased a small house near the water in Panama City Beach, Florida and shifted his focus to his passion for writing thriller and suspense novels.
Tom was born and raised in the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. When he was young he was moved by a quote by Mark Twain, and it soon became his mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things that you didn’t do than the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the wind in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.”
At 18 he paid $300 for an old International Harvester Metro Delivery van, installed bunks and a heater and lived in it for a winter ski bumming in the Rockies. He spent another winter as a lift operator in Vail, Colorado, a third ski bumming in a slightly newer Dodge van and his summers sailing Minnesota lakes on his Hobie Cat catamaran, all before turning 22. He squeezed in some college coursework at the University of Minnesota as his schedule permitted, driving school bus and tending bar to support himself. But when his mother learned he was a fourth year freshman he succumbed to her “subtle” pressure, set aside his wanderlust and focused on his studies.
Tom earned a BSB in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, he joined the audit staff of an international public accounting firm and was awarded his Certified Public Accountant certificate. After seven years in accounting and finance he entered law school in a part-time, evening program while continuing his professional career, earning his JD, magna cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul. He spent the next twenty five years in private practice and as corporate counsel for a national Minneapolis bank.