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BANGKOK (NNT) - The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has procured additional 5.5 million tablets of the anti-viral drug Favipiravir, to boost the country’s supply amid rising demand for COVID-19 treatments.

 

GPO deputy director Sirikul Metheerangsan said the first batch of 3 million tablets was delivered to the GPO’s warehouse yesterday and the remaining 2.5 million tablets will arrive on Monday, for distribution to public health units nationwide.

 

She said about 50,000 Favipiravir tablets are currently being prescribed to COVID-19 patients every day and the drug’s use is being strictly supervised by the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Medical Sciences.

 

Meanwhile, the Chinese embassy in Bangkok said 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from Sinovac, donated by the Chinese government, arrived on 14 May to help Thailand curb its COVID-19 outbreak.

 

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Favipiravir is not a vaccine. It is an anti-viral treatment for those who already have a viral infection, including (experimentally) the corona virus.

 

To the extent it has been shown to work (and I have no expertise therein), it would obviously be sensible for the Thai health system to have plenty for use on hand.

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6 minutes ago, mfd101 said:

Favipiravir is not a vaccine. It is an anti-viral treatment for those who already have a viral infection, including (experimentally) the corona virus.

 

To the extent it has been shown to work (and I have no expertise therein), it would obviously be sensible for the Thai health system to have plenty for use on hand.

Clinical evidence in favor of favipiravir is rare.

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25 minutes ago, unblocktheplanet said:

Cheap!

Even cheaper if they were to make the GPO version they have stated a few weeks ago.

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1 hour ago, JimInPattaya said:

Don't understand why Thailand is so impressed with Favipiravir. Where is the proof that this drug is effective for Covid-19?

 

The world wide medical community doesn't give much support for the use of this drug for Covid-19 and there are many negative comments about its use. It has many adverse reactions and side effects.

 

And not good for pregnant women !

 

One thing you should know : contratry to 2020, Thailand has recently totally aligned itself on WHO positions.

 

MARCH 2020

The official guideline (for Covid treatment) included chloroquine and azithromycin (antibiotic).

 

Source : https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/file/guidelines/g_treatment.pdf

 

JANUARY 2021 AND MAY 2021

Everything changed :

https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/file/guidelines/g_CPG_06may21.pdf

 

(page 3)

Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin are not recommended for the treatment of COVID

 

Correlation is not causation... But we can notice that compared to 2020 or even december 2020... the number of dead people is higher now...

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23 minutes ago, cclub75 said:

 

And not good for pregnant women !

 

One thing you should know : contratry to 2020, Thailand has recently totally aligned itself on WHO positions.

 

MARCH 2020

The official guideline (for Covid treatment) included chloroquine and azithromycin (antibiotic).

 

Source : https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/file/guidelines/g_treatment.pdf

 

JANUARY 2021 AND MAY 2021

Everything changed :

https://ddc.moph.go.th/viralpneumonia/eng/file/guidelines/g_CPG_06may21.pdf

 

(page 3)

Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin are not recommended for the treatment of COVID

 

Correlation is not causation... But we can notice that compared to 2020 or even december 2020... the number of dead people is higher now...

Good thing that there aren't a lot more people who have been afflicted with Covid since March 2020 or some might say that's the reason why there are more dead people now. 

Those same lunatics might point out that since March of 2020 several studies were undertaken of hydroxychloroquine and found nothing good came of administering it.

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19 minutes ago, placeholder said:

Those same lunatics might point out that since March of 2020 several studies were undertaken of hydroxychloroquine and found nothing good came of administering it.

 

You are probably referring to... the fake study published by the Lancet last june ?

 

"The Lancet has made one of the biggest retractions in modern history. How could this happen?"'

 

Indeed !

 

Source : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/05/lancet-had-to-do-one-of-the-biggest-retractions-in-modern-history-how-could-this-happen

 

There are many studies that show that HCQ reduces Covid mortality.

 

Exactly like ivermectine.

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15 minutes ago, cclub75 said:

 

You are probably referring to... the fake study published by the Lancet last june ?

 

"The Lancet has made one of the biggest retractions in modern history. How could this happen?"'

 

Indeed !

 

Source : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/05/lancet-had-to-do-one-of-the-biggest-retractions-in-modern-history-how-could-this-happen

 

There are many studies that show that HCQ reduces Covid mortality.

 

Exactly like ivermectine.

Please share those studies confirming hydroxychloroquine's usefulness with us.

You're pointing to just one study retracted by the Lancet. There are plenty of others from peer-reviewed journals:

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/hydroxychloroquine-does-not-benefit-adults-hospitalized-covid-19

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/08/200817124914.htm

https://ard.bmj.com/content/early/2020/08/19/annrheumdis-2020-218500

https://www.pennmedicine.org/news/news-releases/2020/september/hydroxychloroquine-no-more-effective-than-placebo-in-preventing-covid19

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/hydroxychloroquine-is-ineffective-for-covid-and-not-to-be-used-who-20210302-p57728.html

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14 hours ago, cclub75 said:

 

You are probably referring to... the fake study published by the Lancet last june ?

 

"The Lancet has made one of the biggest retractions in modern history. How could this happen?"'

 

Indeed !

 

Source : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/05/lancet-had-to-do-one-of-the-biggest-retractions-in-modern-history-how-could-this-happen

 

There are many studies that show that HCQ reduces Covid mortality.

 

Exactly like ivermectine.

Not even Trump took hydroxyl chloroquine when he was infected.

 

”Many studies” is the equivalent of “many people say”.

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24 minutes ago, Danderman123 said:

”Many studies” is the equivalent of “many people say”.

 

Why repeating things that obviously you don't know ?

 

This website lists 244 studies made around HCQ around the world, and summarizes the results .

 

Total                       244 studies         3,910 authors           367,964 patients

Positive effects     184 studies         2,826 authors          254,621 patients

 

You'll find the authors, the details, the results etc.

 

https://hcqmeta.com/

 

Try to find the same for Favipiravir...

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Why??? Its useless

Will we be given cups of bleach to drink next week!

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It's logistically just as difficult getting this medicine out as vaccines. Why not just give the vaccine?

 

Oh yeah, there are none in country and government apparently will not let private entities import.

 

 

Circumstantial evidence for vaccine's arrival bleak.

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While there is lots of controversy regarding efficacy of HCQ it's not dangerous. I recall decades ago Lonely Planet recommending weekly dosage to ward off malaria in Africa.

 

Pharma is nothing more than a huge mafia. Evidence of this is simply everywhere.

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22 minutes ago, cclub75 said:

 

Why repeating things that obviously you don't know ?

 

This website lists 244 studies made around HCQ around the world, and summarizes the results .

 

Total                       244 studies         3,910 authors           367,964 patients

Positive effects     184 studies         2,826 authors          254,621 patients

 

You'll find the authors, the details, the results etc.

 

https://hcqmeta.com/

 

Try to find the same for Favipiravir...

I took a quick look at your website. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide links to the clinical trial results, so I had to Google my way. And I found that some of the trials that were reported on your site as positive were actually negative when I read the actual clinical trial abstract as published.

 

this is not to say that all of the results are fake, but the positive results mostly came from Third world nations where clinical trial procedures are not so well established, ie some were not randomized.

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