The real price of cheap medicine


It's not only our clothes that are made cheaply in India and China: our drugs are produced there, too. In these countries, materials are cheaper and wages are low. In India, pharmaceutical giant Aurobindo manufactures cheap antibiotics, psychopharmaceuticals, and painkillers for export to 150 countries. 

Many low-wage countries are infamous for their lax attitude to laws governing health and safety, working conditions, and the environment. One particularly stark example of this is the lack of safety in the textile industry in Bangladesh. Under what conditions are medicines produced in India? And who pays the true price? ZEMBLA set out to investigate exactly how our cheap drugs are made.

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