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How did penicillin make an economic impact on the world?

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First of all, it's discovery was revolutionary, since it was a cure for a variety of illnesses (mainly bacterial infections). Apart from that, it was used in some big events in 1942 (during WWII) and the US government saw it a necessity to distribute it to the troops at the front. Since the mass production method was patented, this meant big business. Pharmaceutical companies thrive off of patented products and the penicillin has ever since been high in demand.
(I made this summary based on scrolling two minutes through the Wikipedia article, so you could've done this too.)

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