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Chinese test kits given green light

BANGKOK: The Public Health Ministry yesterday (Aug 16) gave the green light to the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) to buy 8.5 million antigen test kit (ATK) sets from Lepu Medical Technology, following the completion of the bidding to import the product.

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 17 August 2021, 08:58AM


Deputy permanent secretary for public health Sura Visetsak says the quality of the Chinese test kits has been confirmed. Photo: Bangkok Post

Deputy permanent secretary for public health Sura Visetsak says the quality of the Chinese test kits has been confirmed. Photo: Bangkok Post

Deputy permanent secretary for public health Sura Visetsak said the GPO can now go ahead and sign a procurement contract with Ostland Capital, the bid winner, as tests had confirmed that the kits were of an acceptable standard.

Dr Sura said the procurement process met with all necessary legal requirements and there were no foreseeable hiccups with the GPO moving to the next stage.

“The quality of the product has been confirmed by all the necessary agencies, and there would have to be a good reason to cancel the deal now.

“The next step is for the GPO to sign the contract and get the ATKs as soon as possible,” he said.

The ministry yesterday held a press briefing to announce the ratification which was attended by representatives from the GPO, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Dr Mongkol Kunakorn, chief of the Department of Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University.

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Dr Mongkol, who oversaw the process, said that his laboratory is the FDA’s partner for conducting tests on new medical products.

He said that the results showed that there is no significant difference between Lepu Medical Technology’s kits and other brands which have already been tested and met the quality guidelines set by the FDA.

FDA secretary-general Dr Paisan Dunkum also called for public trust, saying that the next step is to implement a rigorous surveillance protocol after the kits go into official use.

Dr Jadej Thammathach-Aree, secretary-general of the National Health Security Office (NHSO), said that his office welcomed the confirmation that the kits are safe to use and had no qualms about the the deal moving forward.

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Kurt | 18 August 2021 - 08:57:57

The testing kits are sold twice the price of what government paid to supplier. Where is the 100% profit going? Can't be kick backs. That is normally 30-33% only.

Kurt | 17 August 2021 - 14:16:23

Sometimes I imagine Thai officials, from village heads all the way up the Officialdom chain. Take of their cabaret blinkers uniforms, imagine them in t-shirt in front of police hight measuring photo panel.. What do you see?

Xi_Virus | 17 August 2021 - 10:33:42

What else could you eXpect from a ministery that has close ties with Xinne the Pooh and is owns Xino-Thai companies?

Since 2014 corruption has deepened in this country. Nation's assets are all wasted on army toys and Xhinese GARBAGE only to satisfy the "CCP" !!!

JohnC | 17 August 2021 - 09:47:06

Of course they did. They have all secretly worked out their cuts of the deal so it has to go ahead.

Nasa12 | 17 August 2021 - 09:13:57

Dr Paisan Dunkum don’t speak about public trust in LOS. 

 

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