Dying to Survive- -
Chen Yong, a drug dealer, selling a forbidden but effective drug for chronic myelocytic leukemia. Dying to Survive is a 2018 Chinese comedy-drama film directed by Wen Muye in his feature film debut. A story on how a small drug store owner became the exclusive selling agent of a cheap Indian generic drug against Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia in China.
Chen Yong, a drug dealer, selling a forbidden but effective drug for chronic myelocytic leukemia.
Dying to Survive is a 2018 Chinese comedy-drama film directed by Wen Muye in his feature film debut.
The film is based on the real-life story of Lu Yong (陆勇), a Chinese leukemia patient who smuggled cheap but unproven cancer medicine from India for 1,000 Chinese cancer sufferers in 2004.Dying to Survive stars Xu Zheng in the lead role, who also co-produced the film with Ning Hao.
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An aphrodisiac peddler, Cheng Yong is in financial trouble. His store has not been making profits for long yet his diseased father urgently needs a large sum of money for a brain surgery.
One day a man wearing thick layers of surgical masks comes to his shop. He asks Cheng to bring a cheap drug from India in return for a good sum of money. The Swiss drug Geliening, however, is very expensive in China due to patent protection, causing many patients to be priced out of treatments. On the other hand, a very inexpensive generic version of it is available in India.
Desperate for money, Cheng agrees to risk smuggling the drug into China. As more CML patients buy drugs from him, Cheng becomes rich. His motivation also changes subtly after witnessing devastated patients, whose family has been pushed into poverty by costly cancer treatments, walks away with drugs and hopes in the future. At the same time, the law enforcement agency in China notices the availability of contraband Geliening in the Chinese market and vows crackdown on the unlicensed generic drug. The originator company of the drug also begins to sue the Indian government for infringing its patent. [wikipedia]