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STAT Plus: Novartis is the implied villain of the most popular film in China right now

A new film about leukemia drugs opened in Chinese theaters last week, and it’s already become a blockbuster hit. The movie, called “Dying to Survive,” brought in $232 million in its first five days, a pace that gives it a chance to become China’s biggest-ever box-office success.

The dark comedy centers around a Chinese man who illegally smuggles cheap generic leukemia drugs from India to sell to Chinese patients who can’t afford the medication available through official channels — a pricey drug called Glinic sold by a greedy Swiss pharma company. Sound familiar?

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