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GPO

GPO

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) is a State Enterprise under the Thai Ministry of Public Health. Their headquarters are located in Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand.

Origin

Established in 1966, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) is the largest pharmaceutical producer and distributor in Thailand. They originated in 1937 by the founder, Dr. Tua Lapanukrom.  He was was the Director-General of the Department of Medical Science, for the Ministry of Public Health. Today, the head of the company is Dr Sopon Mekthon, who is also the active Chairman.

Specialist area

They provides a vast variety of quality products ranging from:

  • pharmaceuticals
  • chemicals
  • biological
  • cosmetic
  • supplement with natural extracts.

GMP

with guaranteed quality and services within their own manufacturing facility and fully-equipped laboratory in strict adherence to GMP.

Objectives

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) have a mission statement which contains four objectives. One of them is to “To maintain price level of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies necessary for the Thai society to ensure people’s accessibility.” As an example, GPO will produce the antiretroviral drug efavirenz after receiving WHO approval.

Genuine Care

GPO’s product costs 180 baht per bottle of thirty 600mg tablets. The imported version retails for more than 1,000 baht per bottle. They will devote 2.5 percent of its manufacturing capacity to make 42 million efavirenz pills in 2018. Which will allow it to serve export markets as well as domestic ones.

The Philippines alone will order about 300,000 bottles of efavirenz for 51 million baht.

Profitability

In 2011, they announced a profit of 1.6 billion baht. All from the sale of  medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. As of 2011, the GPO have employed over 2,800 people. In 2016, the organization produced drugs at two government-owned factories.

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