Accompanying its growing economy, the pharmaceutical industry in China is expanding at a brisk pace. New medicines require participants in clinical trials to ensure that they are safe and effective for human use. These trials held in cities like Beijing pay richly by local standards, granting repeat participants and their recruiters newfound financial freedom. This episode examines China's pharmaceutical industry and the effect its testing system has on people from various walks of life.
Clinical trial participants line up at a hospital in Beijing
Wang Anju recruits large numbers of participants
Wu Xianling seeks to support her family with trial income
Lian Bowen underwent a trial for a COVID-19 vaccine