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Author of 'No Popes in Heaven' - Hal Malchow

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#1 onz

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 08:05 PM

Next week on the Longecity podcast is an interview with Hal Malchow, author of 'No Popes in Heaven'.



What has happened to American democracy? No Popes in Heaven is a political thriller with biting commentary about what has gone wrong with the world's ideal government. A major pharmaceutical company has developed a drug to slow aging but the long clinical trials required to bring it to market are just that: too long to be profitable. Operating with political maneuverings that would make Machiavelli blush, the Big Pharma company conceives of a different course of action brilliant, lucrative, and dangerous. But as its tactics spin out of control, the curtain is pulled back on the worst of Washington's machinations: big money, back room deals, betrayals, and political campaigns that leave the voters behind. No Popes in Heaven is a dark, humorous story that not only entertains but shines a new and different light on the question of why our American democracy is failing. The author wields a sharp sabre and no one – not the politicians, the lobbyists, the consultants or the press – is spared.


Let us know if you have any questions for Hal in the comments below!

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Posted 04 September 2018 - 02:27 AM

1) You describe an anti-aging drug that is developed in house by a large pharmaceutical company. Is it your impression that this is a more likely development than that such a product may come from a small biotech or academic research effort?


2) You describe a strategy to circumvent Caronia through lobbying for a specific bill. Have you ever encountered this strategy in your career?


3) You assume that when an anti-aging drug of unproven efficacy emerges, everybody will want it. But this seems not the experience in the current marketplace. For example, many Vitamin companies make sometimes boisterous claim regarding the life extension properties of their products. While many people buy them, not everyone is clamouring for them. What do you think would distinguish a product such as Juventel?


4) You identify the medicare drug prices negotiation ban as something that only politicians in the pockets of lobbyists would support. Do you see any upside to the ban?


5) From your professional experience, how realistic are the 'backroom dealings' that 'Big Pharma' heads conduct among themselves in your book? 


6) What is your perspective on the current sweep and popularity of right-to-trial laws? What would the position of your Congressman Sam Kelley be on these laws?  Do you see a route to market for Juventel using these laws?  



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Posted 26 October 2018 - 05:44 PM

This podcast is now available. It is an interesting contrast to an author on the podcast earlier this year, Mary Ruwart, author of "Death by Regulation". Malchow is more of a proponent of strong regulation.

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