Hospital manager stole drugs for sale online

Hospital manager stole drugs for sale online

Boxes of the antiviral drug Favir seized from illegal online vendors, shown at the Consumer Protection Police Division in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Photo supplied)
Boxes of the antiviral drug Favir seized from illegal online vendors, shown at the Consumer Protection Police Division in Bangkok on Wednesday. (Photo supplied)

Police arrested nine suspects and seized antiviral drugs used in treating Covid-19 that were allegedly stolen by a hospital manager.

Pol Col Neti Wongkularb, superintendent of the nation’s consumer protection police, said on Wednesday the suspects were arrested Tuesday in coordinated raids in Bangkok, Saraburi, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi.

Police seized 390 boxes each containing 100 favipiravir pills under the trademark Favir made by the Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO).

The superintendent said the gang sold the antiviral medication online. The manager of a hospital in Bang Na area of Bangkok illegally supplied the drug, which the hospital earlier acquired from the GPO.

The manager charged 1,600 baht per box and online vendors resold it at 4,000-8,000 baht per box.

All names were withheld by police.

Supatra Boonserm, acting secretary-general of the Food and Drug Administration, said favipiravir must be administered under the close supervision of doctors and should not be sold directly to consumers.

People who bought the drug to self-medicate could, because of incorrect dosage, develop resistance to favipiravir’s effects and even be at risk of death.

She said patients in need of it would receive the drug free of charge from the government. 

Vocabulary

  • acquire: to get; to obtain - ได้มาซึ่ง
  • allegedly: claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven - ที่กล่าวหา
  • coordinate: to organise the different parts of a job or plan so that the people involved work together effectively - ประสานงานกัน
  • dosage: an amount of drug that you take at a single time - ปริมาณยาที่ให้ต่อครั้ง
  • resistance (noun): the power not to be affected by something, e.g., bacteria developing resistance to medications - แรงต้านทาน, การทนทาน
  • secretary-general (noun): the person who is in charge of the department that deals with the running of a large international or political organisation - เลขาธิการ, เลขาธิการใหญ่
  • seize (verb): to take control of by force or official power - ยึกครอง
  • superintendent: a senior police officer - เจ้าหน้าที่ตำรวจระดับสูง
  • trademark (noun): a name, symbol or design that a company uses for its products and that cannot be used by anyone else - เครื่องหมายการค้า
  • vendor: someone who sells something, but often not in a shop - พ่อค้าแม่ค้าแผงลอย
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