Thai phamacist officially receives Ramon Magsaysay Award

Dr Krisana Kraisintu

Dr Krisana Kraisintu

57-year-old Thai pharmacist Dr Krisana Kraisintu yesterday received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in Manila from her development of the generic version of an anti-HIV drug.

Dr Krisana has dedicated herself to research on affordable anti-viral drugs for AIDS patients. She played an active role in combating the past serious HIV outbreak in Thailand and started developing the generic version of the anti-HIV AZT which was very expensive back then.

Dr Krisana’s generic AZT helps decrease the risk of mother-to-child transmission despite a lack of government support and a lawsuit filed against her by a pharmaceutical company. Dr Krisana has also traveled to African countries to help AIDS patients there who have very-limited access to anti-HIV drugs. (NNT)