The cabinet on Tuesday approved the immediate dismissal of managing director Witit Artavatkun from the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation, as proposed by the Public Health Ministry.
Lt Sunisa Lertpakawat, deputy government spokeswoman, said the ministry proposed the firing of Dr Witit after an investigation of irregularities in the procurement of 148 tonnes of paracetamol ingredients, and the delayed construction of an anti-influenza vaccine factory in Rangsit, Pathum Thani province.
The result of the first probe indicated there was no production plan and no secure storage, with 40 tonnes of ingredients still left from an urgent purchase. These factors showed that Mr Witit had made careless decisions, resulting in a burden on the GPO and tarnishing the organisation's image.
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