China may give drug sector booster jab

A law enforcement officer from the market supervision and administration bureau checking vaccines in Rongan, China.
A law enforcement officer from the market supervision and administration bureau checking vaccines in Rongan, China.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

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In one heart-rending scene of a surprise summer hit here Dying To Survive, an elderly leukaemia patient begs a detective to end his investigation into the smuggling of illegal generic drugs - which are one-eightieth the cost of the real deal - from India into China.

"Since I became ill, the (legal) drugs have cost me my home and bled my family dry," the patient says. "Now we have an affordable option, yet you insist that they are fake."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2018, with the headline 'China may give drug sector booster jab'. Print Edition | Subscribe