New weapons – and precautions – as controls lifted on COVID ‘magic bullets’

From Thursday (September 1), COVID-19 patients can buy prescription antiviral medicines from pharmacies, as authorities ease access to weapons against the virus. “Health agencies are offering easier access to these…

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COVID patients caught in crossfire of battle over drug monopoly

Although COVID-19 patients have the option of being treated at private hospitals, health authorities still insist that doctors only prescribe antiviral drugs according to Medical Services Department (MDS) guidelines. Other…

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Klang Hospital’s wards full of COVID-19 patients, anti-viral drugs still being provided

The 8-bed ICU for severe COVID-19 cases requiring ventilators and the 30-bed cohort ward at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s General Hospital, also known as Klang Hospital, is now fully…

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Elderly COVID patient dies at home as hospital refuses to send ambulance

An 82-year-old bed-ridden patient has died at home, about a week after she was found to be infected with COVID-19. She did not develop any typical symptoms and a hospital…

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Thailand prepares armory of anti-COVID weapons for Songkran battle 

With the number of COVID-19 patients surging to more than 20,000 daily, Thai authorities are busy taking steps to ensure an adequate supply of medicines. Even though most COVID-19 patients…

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Health Ministry seeks additional 75 million anti-viral pills ahead of Songkran

The Ministry of Public Health has asked the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) for an additional 75 million Favipiravir and Molnupiravir anti-viral medicines, as it anticipates a surge in COVID-19 infections…

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Public Health Ministry confirms no shortage of Favipiravir in Thailand

Thailand has a supply of Favipiravir anti-viral medicine which is sufficient to meet domestic demand, confirmed the Public Health Ministry, following a complaint over the drug’s shortage in the country….

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Health Minister says no water splashing on Khaosan Road during Songkran

The Ministry of Public Health has rejected a request, from businesses on Bangkok’s famed backpacker haven Khaosan Road, to allow water splashing, although other ways to celebrate Thailand’s traditional New…

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Thai Disease Control Dept insists Favipiravir is effective in treating COVID-19

The Disease Control Department has asked critics not to undervalue the Favipiravir anti-viral medication, as it insists that the drug is efficacious in the treatment of COVID-19. Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong,…

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Thailand to expedite mailing of Favipiravir to COVID-19 patients, over 8,000 helped so far

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) and the Rajavithi hospital are speeding up the mailing out of anti-viral Favipiravir medicine to more than 3,500 COVID-19 patients in Bangkok and surrounding…

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Thailand’s Rural Doctor Society complains of serious Favipiravir shortage

The Rural Doctor Society (RDS) is complaining of a serious shortage of anti-viral Favipiravir medicine, to the extent that several hospitals have restricted its distribution to COVID-19 patients, except to…

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People affected by unemployment following lockdown measures to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus line up for food donations at Wat Bowonniwetwiharn in Bangkok on April 22, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thailand launches new scheme to help COVID-19 patients avoid hospital stay

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Kiattibhoom Vongrachit has announced a new scheme to treat COVID-19 patients without the need for hospital admission. If found to be infected, after taking a…

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Thai woman’s eye colour turns indigo after taking Favipiravir

A Thai woman posted a clip on Tiktok on Wednesday, which shows her eye colour has turned an odd shade of indigo after taking medication for treatment of COVID-19, prompting…

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Nine arrested in Thailand for selling Favipiravir online without permission

Nine people, including the general manager of a private hospital in Thailand, have been arrested by officers from the Consumer Protection Police Division for allegedly selling the anti-viral drug Favipiravir…

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Thailand consumes nearly a million Favipiravir tablets per day

Nearly one million tablets of the Favipiravir antiviral drug are being consumed per day by COVID-19 patients in Thailand, according to the Public Health Ministry, as new records of infections…

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Thailand’s newly developed Favipiravir syrup to be given to children, elderly from Friday

The new syrup form of Favipiravir antiviral COVID-19 medication, developed by Chulabhorn Royal Academy (CRA), Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Thai research organization Medica Innova, will be available…

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Patent for Favipiravir rejected in Thailand

A patent application for Japanese-made anti-viral drug Favipiravir has been rejected by Thailand’s Intellectual Property Department over its manufacturing quality. The department’s director-general, Mr. Vuttikrai Leewiraphan, said yesterday (Wednesday) that…

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PM insists 61 million doses of COVID vaccines this year should be enough for Thailand

Thailand will have procured up to 61 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of this year, which should be sufficient to cope with the pandemic, said Prime Minister…

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With few vaccines, Thailand relies on Favipiravir in battle against COVID

Although most COVID-19 patients in Thailand will not be treated with Favipiravir since their symptoms are too mild, the country is still using more than 20,000 pills of this antiviral…

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Thai government to procure two million Favipiravir anti-viral tablets

Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has recently entered into contract negotiations to procure one million tablets of Favipiravir, and anti-viral drug used in the treatment of COVID-19 patients, and is…

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Thai GPO to produce anti-viral Favipiravir next year

Thailand is expected to be able to produce the anti-viral drug, Favipiravir, early next year, Mrs. Nanthakarn Suwanpidokkul, a special specialist attached to the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO), said today….

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