Bax­ter Opens First Thai­land Man­u­fac­tur­ing Fa­cil­ity

State- of- the- art peri­toneal dial­y­sis man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Ray­ong Prov­ince cre­ates lo­cal job op­por­tu­ni­ties

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As a leader in re­nal care, Bax­ter Thai­land re­cently opened its first peri­toneal dial­y­sis ( PD) man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in the coun­try to serve the crit­i­cal health­care needs of end- stage re­nal dis­ease ( ESRD) pa­tients. The new fa­cil­ity will en­hance Bax­ter’s abil­ity to pro­vide life- sus­tain­ing PD ther­apy for more than 16,000 pa­tients liv­ing in Thai­land.

The fa­cil­ity, lo­cated at the Amata City Industrial Es­tate in Ray­ong Prov­ince, will cre­ate job op­por­tu­ni­ties for more than 400 peo­ple in the com­mu­nity in a va­ri­ety of ar­eas, in­clud­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pro­duc­tion, qual­ity sys­tems, lab­o­ra­tory sciences, engi­neer­ing and industrial au­to­ma­tion, and safety and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.

“This new fa­cil­ity un­der­scores Bax­ter’s com­mit­ment to the Thai­land mar­ket, to ESRD pa­tients and to the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” said Paul Vib­ert, Cor­po­rate Vice Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent, In­ter­na­tional, Bax­ter In­ter­na­tional Inc.

Since 2008, Bax­ter has sup­ported Thai­land’s PD First pol­icy, which fo­cuses on PD as the first ther­a­peu­tic op­tion for ESRD pa­tients. The ini­tia­tive was launched by the Na­tional Health Se­cu­rity Of­fice ( NHSO) to pro­vide af­ford­able health­care op­tions to ESRD pa­tients cov­ered un­der the uni­ver­sal cov­er­age health scheme.

“ESRD im­pacts more than 70,000 lives in Thai­land today. Bax­ter’s man­u­fac­tur­ing plant will pro­duce PD so­lu­tions to help save pa­tient lives here in Thai­land. Th­ese pa­tients can work and lead a nor- mal life without the bur­den that can ac­com­pany other treat­ment op­tions. I’m also de­lighted to see in­vest­ment in the coun­try that fea­tures high tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments which will help cre­ate jobs and in­come lo­cally, lead­ing to a sus­tain­able econ­omy in Thai­land,” said Son­thi­rat Son­thi­ji­ra­wong, ad­vi­sor to the Min­is­ter of In­dus­try, at the open­ing of the fa­cil­ity.

To mark the open­ing, Bax­ter also signed a Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing ( MOU) with the Pharmacy Fac­ulty of Mahi­dol Univer­sity, to ad­vance pharmacy knowl­edge through an in­tern­ship pro­gram for lo­cal stu­dents.

Op­er­at­ing in Thai­land since 1994, Bax­ter offers a broad port­fo­lio of hospi­tal and re­nal prod­ucts to meet the di­verse health­care needs of Thai­land pa­tients. In ad­di­tion to sup­ply­ing sev­eral mil­lion con­tain­ers of PD so­lu­tions to pa­tients’ homes each year, Bax­ter Thai­land pro­vides nutrition, anes­the­sia, bio­surgery, on­col­ogy and con­tin­u­ous re­nal re­place­ment ther­apy ( CRRT) prod­ucts and ser­vices. Bax­ter Thai­land has been a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Cham­ber Of Com­merce In Thai­land since 2003.

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