The drug was meant to save children’s lives. Instead, they’re dying

Substandard asparaginase, a drug to fight childhood leukemia, has been shipped to more than 90 countries, overwhelmingly from companies in India.

Emily was combing her baby daughter’s hair when she first felt the lumps. It was a week before Christmas, and her youngest daughter, Isadora, had been feverish and listless, unwilling to play or take a bottle. The lumps were clustered on the back of Isadora’s neck, the size of small beans. Something was very wrong.

At an urgent care clinic, the doctor found more lumps under Isadora’s arms and in her groin. The doctor urged Emily to take her daughter to a hospital as soon as she and her husband returned home from visiting family.

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