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Generics v. Big Pharma: A Latin American Legal Drug War

Latin America is the latest battlefield for the billions in the global showdown between smaller generic labels from the developing world and the major U.S. and European firms.

A pharmacy in Sao Paulo, Brazil
A pharmacy in Sao Paulo, Brazil
David Cornejo*

SANTIAGO Imagine a Mexican-style lucha libre wrestling match between pharmaceutical products. On one side is Kikuzubam, the molecule of the poor. His flashy challenger is Rituximab, produced by a wealthy pharma firm called Roche.

Kikuzubam taunts his rival, telling him he is just as tough. The judge gives him the first round when he says, "no need for clinical tests!"

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The Days After: What Would Happen If Putin Opts For A Tactical Nuclear Strike

The risk of the Kremlin launching a tactical nuclear weapon on Ukraine is small but not impossible. The Western response would itself set off a counter-response, which might contain or spiral to the worst-case scenario.

An anti-nuclear activist impersonates Vladimir Putin at a rally in Berlin.

Yves Bourdillon

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PARISVladimir Putin could “go nuclear” in Ukraine. Yes, this expression, which metaphorically means “taking the extreme, drastic action,” is now literally considered a possibility as well. Cornered and humiliated by a now plausible military defeat, experts say the Kremlin could launch a tactical nuclear bomb on a Ukrainian site in a desperate attempt to turn the tables.

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In any case, this is what Putin — who put Russia's nuclear forces on alert just after the start of the invasion in late February — is aiming to achieve: to terrorize populations in Western countries to push their leaders to let go of Ukraine.

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