Contract signed for first comprehensive cancer-drugs plant
published : 25 Sep 2020 at 15:25
writer: Apinya Wipatayotin
NONTHABURI: The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) and PTT Plc on Friday signed a contract to build the country's first factory to produce a full range of medications and chemicals for the treatment of cancer.
The project, still under study, would be sited at the PTT Wanarom Eco Zone Industries estate in Ban Chang district of Rayong. Construction is planned to begin in 2022 and commercial production in 2027.
Presiding over the contract signing at the Medical Council of Thailand, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the plant should halve the country's expenditure on cancer medicines and chemicals, which must be imported and cost the state about 21 billion baht a year.
Mr Anutin said cancer kills about 80,000 people each year in Thailand and the medicines are very expensive. The project was aimed at the local production of all kinds of drugs and chemicals for all types of cancer.
GPO managing director Withoon Danwiboon said the plant would produce drugs for chemotheraphy and the targeted therapy of cancer.
PTT chief executive officer Auttapol Rerkpiboon said PTT would provide engineering and management expertise for the project. The detailed feasibility study would take about 14 months.