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When penicillin becomes a political issue

Over the past few decades, China emerged as the world’s largest exporter of antibiotic precursors. This helped to lower prices and keep costs under control in the healthcare system. But the global political uncertainty of recent years casts a new light on this strategy. “Germany is already heavily dependent on the Asian market for antibiotic production,” says Morris Hosseini, a partner at the consultancy Roland Berger.

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