Sanofi KSA launches next generation basal insulin

Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sheikh
Updated 06 March 2018
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Sanofi KSA launches next generation basal insulin

The control of blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes stays sub-optimal, with one in two patients on treatment for diabetes not reaching their glycemic objectives. With the aim of resolving this unmet need of patients, Sanofi KSA has launched a next generation basal insulin.
Dr. Saud Al-Sifiri, head of the endocrinology department at Al-Hada Hospital, said: “The International Diabetes Federation Report 2015 showed that the prevalence of diabetes in Saudi Arabia is 20 percent in the adult population. This ranks Saudi Arabia as the highest in the Middle Eastern countries and No.6 worldwide. This is primarily due to increasing obesity, sedentary lifestyles and an aging population and is the cause of substantial morbidity and mortality.”
Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sheikh, professor of internal medicine and endocrinology at King Abdul Aziz University and chairman of the Saudi Diabetes Society, added: “Hypoglycemia is associated with a high cost for the patient, the health care system, and society at large; there has been associated direct cost of hypoglycemia like hospitalization, physician cost and emergency cost, and indirect cost including the absence from work, reduced work capability and other related accidents. All of these have a direct effect on reducing quality of life, and reduced or even lost work capacity are additional costs to society.”
Dr. Ahmed Serag said: “Sanofi is proud of its leadership and long heritage in diabetes and insulin therapies, consisting of a vast offering of insulins which have supported patients in the management of their diabetes for more than a year.
We are committed to bringing innovative therapies that go beyond the pill and intend to provide much better health results for individuals with diabetes in Saudi Arabia. With the introduction of the next generation basal insulin we provide a reliable option that will resolve some of the previously unmet needs of diabetic patients in the Kingdom.”
According to the WHO, it is estimated that there have been more than 760,000 emergency hospitalizations per year; due to diabetes.
The cost of diabetes is around SR17 billion ($4.53 billion) per year; it is estimated to rise to SR27 billion if undiagnosed patients undergo treatment and eventually it will rise even further to SR43 billion if pre-diabetic patients became diabetic.


Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Updated 20 September 2018
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Emirates NBD opens branch in Alkhobar

Emirates NBD, a banking group in the Middle East, has expanded its presence in the Kingdom with the opening of its first branch in Alkhobar in the Eastern Province. Emirates NBD now covers three key regions in Saudi Arabia with a presence in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar. 

As Saudi Arabia progresses plans for economic reform, in line with its Vision 2030, Emirates NBD’s presence builds on the growing economic and trade ties between Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Following the establishment of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council, the UAE and Saudi Arabia recently announced The Strategy of Resolve, a joint vision for economic development through 44 joint strategic projects within a five-year time frame. 

UAE-based Emirates NBD is the first non-Saudi bank with a significant branch network across the Kingdom. The bank offers retail, private, business and wholesale banking across its network of three full-fledged branches in the Kingdom, in addition to corporate finance advisory, project and syndicated finance through Emirates NBD Capital KSA, the bank’s investment banking arm.

Emirates NBD also operates in Egypt, India, Singapore, and the UK with representative offices in China and Indonesia. 

“Our presence in Saudi is integral to Emirates NBD’s growth strategy as we continue to explore opportunities in the GCC region’s largest and most dynamic economy,” said Hesham Abdulla Al-Qassim, vice chairman and managing director of Emirates NBD. 

“Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a landmark economic transformation and we look forward to continuing to support Saudi individuals and businesses looking for a trusted banking partner.” 

Emirates NBD recently renewed its partnership with the Kingdom’s Kafalah Program, which aims to promote financing to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within the country.

Loai Abduljawad, CEO of Emirates NBD KSA, said: “Emirates NBD’s expanded network strengthens our offering to individuals and corporates in Saudi Arabia looking to invest and trade across the MENA region and beyond. Our superior value proposition, built on the bank’s unique ‘high tech + high touch’ philosophy of offering customers a modern banking experience complemented by personalized advisory services, will enable us to strengthen customer acquisition in the Kingdom as we continue to support the country’s long-term growth and development goals, as outlined in Saudi Vision 2030.” 

Emirates NBD is a leading banking group in the region. As of June 30, 2018, its total assets were 477.5 billion dirhams, ($130 billion). The group has a significant retail banking franchise in the UAE and is a key participant in the global digital banking industry, with over 90 percent of all financial transactions and requests conducted outside of its branches. The bank was declared the “Most Innovative Financial Services Organization of the Year” at the 2017 BAI Global Innovation Awards.