AbbVie to produce medicines in KSA

Updated 09 April 2014
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AbbVie to produce medicines in KSA

AbbVie has announced its launch in Saudi Arabia as an independent biopharmaceutical company after separation from Abbott Laboratories.
The event was attended by Abboud Bejjani, vice president of AbbVie in the Middle East and Rami Fayed, General Manager of AbbVie Saudi Arabia, in addition to officials from the Ministry of Health and both public and private hospitals as well as professionals from the industry.
AbbVie also announced the local production of some of its medicines, including the world’s leading biologic therapy for auto-immune diseases, through a partnership with the Arab Pharmaceutical Product Company (Arabio).
With a 125-year heritage of developing pharmaceuticals, AbbVie combines the focus and passion of a leading-edge biotech with the expertise and structure of a long-established pharmaceutical leader.
A global enterprise that serves patients in 170 countries, AbbVie launches in Saudi Arabia with a strong commitment to the country’s health care, where it has been operating as Abbott for around 55 years.
“Today is incredibly exciting for all of us at AbbVie: We are launching a new company with a great heritage, a strong portfolio, a solid pipeline and committed people who will focus on the needs of patients in Saudi Arabia,” said Abboud Bejjani, vice president, Middle East, Africa and Pakistan, AbbVie.
“AbbVie intends to be a strategic partner to the Saudi government and other local stakeholders,” said Bejjani.
“Our investments and plans for the Kingdom correspond with the vision of the country’s priorities in health care, particularly in the areas of expanding life span, improving children’s health and treating and preventing socially sensitive diseases,” said Bejjani.
AbbVie also announced the local production of some of its leading therapies, namely in the areas of auto-immune diseases and neonatology.
Rami Fayed, general manager, Saudi Arabia, AbbVie, said: “Localizing the production of some of our key therapies in partnership with leading local pharmaceutical companies is one of our priorities in Saudi Arabia. We believe that our collaboration with Arabio enhances the development of the health care environment in Saudi Arabia.”
Majed Saeed Bahatheq, general manager and CEO of Arabio, said: “This agreement is a real realization of Saudi Arabia government to develop the biological manufacturing capabilities in Saudi Arabia.”
AbbVie launches in Saudi Arabia with a broad portfolio of market leading medicines for the treatment of some of the world’s most complex and serious diseases.
The portfolio includes the world’s number one biologic and as well as other leading therapies in neonatology, anesthesia, rheumatology, gastroenterology, dermatology, neurology, virology, oncology and nephrology.
AbbVie’s long-term growth will be fueled by a compelling pipeline — with more than 10 compounds in late stage clinical trials or registration — as well as new discoveries to address diseases including Hepatitis C, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple myeloma and endometriosis.


Flight rights group takes Ryanair to court over strike compensation

Updated 15 August 2018
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Flight rights group takes Ryanair to court over strike compensation

  • Ryanair had to cancel around 1 in 6 flights last week due to a walk-out by pilots in five European countries
  • The disruption affected 55,000 travelers

BERLIN: German passenger rights company Flightright is taking Ryanair to court over whether it should pay financial compensation to passengers affected by strikes at Europe’s largest low-cost carrier.
Ryanair had to cancel around 1 in 6 flights on Friday due to a walk-out by pilots in five European countries, disrupting an estimated 55,000 travelers.
The worst affected country was Germany, where 250 flights affected around 42,000 passengers.
EU rules state that passengers can claim monetary compensation of up to €400 for flights within the region for canceled or delayed flights, unless the reason is extraordinary circumstances, such as bad weather.
Strikes have generally fallen under extraordinary circumstances although a ruling by the European Court of Justice in April said that a wildcat strike by staff at German airline TUIfly following a restructuring could not be classed as extraordinary circumstances. Flightright said it believes Ryanair is therefore obliged to pay monetary compensation to customers and so has filed a complaint with a court in Frankfurt in a bid to clarify the rules around strikes.
A spokeswoman for the court said she was aware of the Flightright statement, but that she had not yet seen the complaint.
Ryanair said it fully complies with the European legislation on the matter, known as EU261.
“Under EU261 legislation, no compensation is payable when the union is acting unreasonably and totally beyond the airline’s control. If this was within our control, there would be no cancelations,” a spokesman said.
Passenger rights groups such as Flightright help passengers to claim compensation from airlines under EU261 rules but in exchange for a share of the compensation received.
Many European airlines, including Ryanair, therefore urge passengers to file claims with them directly instead.