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GPO denies overcharging for Moderna jabs

BANGKOK: The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) insisted today (July 12) that the price per-dose of the Moderna vaccine it plans to sell to private hospitals, reflects actual costs, dismissing allegations of overcharging.

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By National News Bureau of Thailand

Monday 12 July 2021, 07:18PM


Image: NNT

Image: NNT

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has also released a statement in which it responds to allegations the organization is overcharging private hospitals buying the Moderna vaccine, reports state news agency NNT.

The GPO currently serves as a facilitator for the procurement of Moderna vaccine, to be offered by private hospitals as an out-of-pocket alternative COVID-19 vaccine, to those offered free of charge by the government.

In doing so, the GPO will be signing a supply agreement with Moderna’s authorized dealer in Thailand, Zuellig Pharma, and will distribute the vaccine to private hospitals at a price of B1,100 per dose.

This pricing has however led to a claim on social media the GPO is overcharging private hospitals, citing an alleged cost per-dose of only B584, said the report.

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The allegation claims the GPO is charging 88% extra on the claimed B584 per dose price.

In its statement, the GPO has insisted its B1,100 per dose reflects actual costs, from the price quoted by the reseller to the associated costs such as storage, logistics, and adverse effects insurance.

Meanwhile, the GPO says it cannot provide the actual pricing quoted by Moderna’s authorised dealer due to a confidentiality agreement, but the average global price as reported on www.biospace.com indicates a range of US$25-37 per dose, subject to conditions and the size of the order.

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Kurt | 15 July 2021 - 11:10:32

Denies overcharging? Hahaha. 
Production of Moderna is 900 per dose +200 for export. So a private hospital gets 2 doses for B 2200. And charge a vaccine receiver B 3500? I call that 'making money' out of a Pandemic. Stop denial Thai overcharging. Admit that it is great business., just setting jabs by nurses.

JohnC | 15 July 2021 - 08:32:31

Phuket Bangkok hospital quoting 3500 Baht for a double dose, paid in advance. How low can you get when making money out of a pandemic becomes more important than saving lives....

Timothy | 13 July 2021 - 10:28:57

The price includes the standard "fees" that have to be shared by those in control. Soon they will be selling the donated vaccine coming from the US. No way they will be giving that away for free! 1.5 million X 1,100= 1.65 Billion. The temptation will be too great for the greedy. Time to upgrade the Mercedes.  

Christy Sweet | 12 July 2021 - 19:34:23

BioPharmDive.com reports about $15 (500 baht)per dose.  Regardless, it's the private profiteering hospitals that stand  to make $ millions off their 2-300% mark up. The govt controls the price of rice, but not a vaccine for SARS CoV-2 ?  COME ON US EMBASSY #VaccinateTheHumans 

 

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