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Thailand had Fewer AIDS-Related Deaths, New HIV Cases In 2005

Thailand's Ministry of Public Health has announced that the number of AIDS-related deaths in the country declined from 5,020 in 2004 to 1,640 in 2005, reports Thailand's The Nation//. ..The health ministry's Disease Control Department (DCD) also said there was a 10 per cent decline in the number of new HIV cases in to about 18,000 in 2005. ..The number of people in Thailand who developed AIDS...

Botulism Scare in Thailand Shakes US

In Thailand’s Northern Province of Nan Clostridium botulism disease outbreak has created a lot of confusion among the U.S. disease investigators//. US weapon specialists are put on full alert. ..This is because botulism, a rare yet lethal bacterial disease could potentially be used as a biological weapon. Almost 150 people in the province have been stricken by the disease. Health authorities hav...

Thailand To Procure Botulism Antitoxin Internationally

BANGKOK - Thailand has received emergency shipments of botulism antitoxin from Canada, England and the United States after an outbreak of the disease// in which more than 100 villagers in Thailand's northern Nan province contacted botulism after they consumed contaminated bamboo shoots prepared in a traditional manner. ..Thawat Suntrajarn, the head of Thailand's Disease Control Department, said...

Thailand To Test Efficacy Of Stem Cell Technology

Thailand is planning out to carry out tests to determine the efficacy of stem cell therapy in curing heart disease, local media reported on Sunday. The program designed to study 40 heart patients will be a //joint effort by the Department of Medical Sciences, Mahidol University and the Cardiac Institute of Thailand. .. Pongpan Vongmanee, deputy chief of the Medical Sciences Department, said Thai...

Thailand to Explore Stem Cell Technology for Treatment of Heart Disease

Thailand is poised to take the promising field of stem cell technology further. Thailand will be the champions of a pioneering study //that intends to verify the virtue, success and safety of stem cell technology in providing a cure for heart disease. ....Experiments will be conducted on humans, and will target 40 heart patients. This study will be a fusion of efforts from the Department of Med...

People In Thailand Not Bothered About Bird Flu

Thai medical officials have reported that inhabitants of Phet where hundreds of poultry died last week are not bothered about bird flu// since they had a feast on these birds. ....Public health officials in the lower northern province of Phichit are trying to create awareness of bird flu after hundreds of chicken died mysteriously here. Dr. Prachak Wattanakun, a provincial health official announ...

Thailand Tops in Rare Type of Cancer

Three villages in Thailand's north-eastern province of Khon Kaen has the world's highest incidence of cholangiocarcinoma - a rare cancer of the bile ducts//, media reports said on Monday. ....According to a recent Khon Kaen University study, the rate of cholangiocarcinoma in the three villages of Phai, Mancha Khiri and Channaburi - situated in the Shi River basin of Khon Kaen, 380 km north-east...

Bird Flu in Thailand Suspected to be H5N1 Strain

Chickens in Thailand have been found to be infected with a strain of bird flu that may prove to be the deadly H5N1 virus according to senior Agriculture Ministry official// Yukol Limlaemthong on Monday. ..Yukol said, "There is a high possibility it is the N1 strain given that the area has had outbreaks before." ..Officials have said the H5 virus had been detected on a farm that was in the nort...

Forty-Six Suspected Bird Flu Cases In Thailand

Public Health Minister, Pinij Jarusombat, said on Sunday that a total of 46 Thai patients suspected of contracting the deadly avian influenza are under close medical// supervision. ....The minister visited two patients suspected of having the disease at a government-run hospital on Sunday afternoon. A total of 46 patients in 16 provinces nationwide suspected of having the disease have been kept...

Screening of bird flu patients by pharmacies in Thailand

The Thai news agency reported that Thailand’s Public Health Ministry will encourage pharmacies and drug stores across the country to help screen patients in an attempt// to prevent the spread of bird flu. ..Caretaker Public Health Minister Pinij Charusombat said, the blue-collar workers used to buying drugs at pharmacies instead of visiting doctors, may be left out from the ministry's bird flu s...

Thailand May Seek Help Of Pharmacies For Screening Bird Flu

The Thai News Agency reported that the Health Ministry would seek help from pharmacies in order to screen patients with suspected bird flu. Caretaker Public Health Minister// Pinij Charusombat said that the current scheme in which the ministry's hospitals and health workers screen patients might not cover workers who buy drugs at pharmacies. ...."Pharmacists at the drugstores must ask for detail...

Greenpeace takes legal action against Thailand over GM crop

The suspected prevalent contamination of Thai farms with genetically modified papaya has led to suing of the Thailand government by an international //environmental group called Greenpeace. ....Greenpeace is to take legal action against those Thai Agriculture officials who permitted the supply of genetically engineered papaya seeds to farmers throughout the country. ..Patwajee Srisuwan, who is...

Poultry farms in Thailand to be Sanitized.

The Thailand government has issued a directive to the provincial livestock authorities to ensure all poultry farms are sanitized, as a strategy //to prevent potential bird flu that had left an indelible loss to the poultry industry. .. ..Yukol Limlamthong, the person at the helm at the Department of Livestock Development confirmed that this move has been taken up following the recent deluge in...

Thailand’s Decision to Manufacture Generic AIDS Drug Wins Acclai

In the wake of escalating costs of second-line HIV-AIDS drugs, Thailand has allowed, for the first time, the manufacture of the cost effective version of the// drug ‘Efavirenz’, which has been a boon to many sufferers. ....Merck & Co Inc, the patent holder of the drug has opposed the decision of the government to issue a five year license, allowing the manufacture and import of the drug, also te...

Thailand Confirms Bird Flu Outbreak

Thailand- The lethal H5N1 virus has struck in Northern Thailand; health officials have confirmed the outbreak, which has led to the death of more than 100 ducks in Phitsanulok province.// ....Nirand Uaebumrungsut, a veterinarian with the Agriculture Ministry's Department of Livestock Development said, "We have found the H5N1 virus in the ducks and we have ordered around 2,100 ducks in the area...

Thailand Goes Ahead With Licenses for Generic Drugs

Thailand has okayed the issue of compulsory licenses for inexpensive versions of heart disease and AIDS drugs,// a move, not likely to sit well with pharmaceutical bigwigs. Health Minister, Mongkol Songkhla, confirmed that the laws are in place and are effective. ....According to the Health Minister, the drugs are meant for treating HIV-AIDS and heart disease. He did not elaborate on whether the...

Thailand Backs Off Threat to Break Drug Patents

Thailand has delayed breaking the patent of an AIDS drug and a heart medicine, and entered into negotiations with drug firms// to lower the price so that more people can be treated. ..The negotiation panel of the Public Health Ministry yesterday (7 February) held its first talks with US firm Abbott to discuss a price reduction for the AIDS drug Kaletra. ..Thawat Suntrajarn, head of the departme...

Thailand Government Officials Asked To Be Health Conscious

Diet and exercise have been prescribed for the officials of Thailand government. The country’s health minister Mongkol Na Songkhla directed// his staff to be health conscious to inspire the rest of the nation. ..In a conference promoting health, he said that obesity in Thailand is on the rise at an alarming rate which leads to diabetes and heart diseases. One out of every twenty one Thai is said...

Thailand Claims World’s First Successful Heart Separation in Siamese Twin

Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital Thursday claimed to have carried out the world's first successful heart surgery to separate Siamese twins//. ....Doctor Mongkol Laohapensaeng said the 12-hour operation was performed at Siriraj Hospital on February 20 by a team of 61 Thai doctors and nurses and more than 50 days later the separated twins were still in stable condition. ....'This was the first time in t...

Thailand Approves Strategic Plan To Reduce HIV Prevalence Among Youth

Thailand's National AIDS Prevention and Control Committee recently approved a three-year strategic plan to reduce increasing //HIV cases among young people in the country. ....The plan will focus on educating youth about HIV prevention and promoting social values, as well as encouraging youth to participate in HIV prevention activities. ....In addition, the plan will call for local organizatio...

Thailand Directs Pharma Companies to Declare Production Cost of Drugs

Pharmaceutical companies will be required to declare the production cost of new medicines, including antiretroviral drugs, they are planning to introduce// into the Thai market, Siriwat Thiptaradol, secretary-general of Thailand's Food and Drug Administration, said recently, the Bangkok Post reports. ....According to Siriwat, the requirement to disclose production costs of drugs is included in...

Abbott Offers Aluvia to Thailand in Return for Compulsory Licensing Halt

Abbott Laboratories said this week that it is willing to proceed with the registration of a heat stable version of lopinavir/ritonavir called Aluvia in Thailand if the Thai// government will halt its plans for a compulsory license to allow imports of a generic version from India, and will sell it to the Thai government for $1000 a year. ....Abbott has been in dispute with the Thai government si...

Thailand Unfazed As US Worries Over Copyright Violations

The Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, has defended his government's move to allow the introduction of generic versions of three patented// drugs-in spite of US worries over intellectual property rights in the kingdom. .."We still defend what we have done, and we can explain our action to other countries as well the world community," Surayud was quoted. .. This Tuesday, Health Minister...

Thailand Will Not Issue Compulsory Licenses for Patented Drugs

Thai Health Minister Mongkol Na Songkhla on Tuesday said that Thailand will not issue compulsory licenses to produce reduced-cost versions of patented drugs if pharmaceutical companies offer prices lower than those charged by generic drug makers, Reuters AlertNet reports. Mongkol's comments came one day after Abbott Laboratories and Thailand failed to reach an agreement on the price of Abbott's...

Thailand Unfazed As US Worries Over Copyright Violations

The Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, has defended his government's move to allow the introduction of generic versions of three patented drugs-in spite of US worries over intellectual property rights in the kingdom. ..."We still defend what we have done, and we can explain our action to other countries as well the world community," Surayud was quoted. ... This Tuesday, Health Ministe...

Eco-architecture Takes Root in Thailand, but Growth is Slow

Soontorn Boonyatikarn is a man of the times, throwing around terms like "eco-design" as he enthuses about the charcoal water recycling system at the Bangkok home he designed for his family two years ago. ......His Bio-Solar House -- designed not only to be energy efficient but to produce energy -- was inspired by the humble mango tree, echoing the ideas of some of the brightest international na...

Dengue Fever Cases Up 36 Percent in Thailand: Report

Cases of dengue fever in Thailand have risen 36 percent since last year, local press reported Sunday, as an epidemic of the mosquito-borne disease swept the region. ......The outbreak has killed 17 people in Thailand and affected more than 21,000 since the beginning of the year, the English-language Nation newspaper reported, quoting figures from the health ministry. ......It said that the num...
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