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.


Message of Ambassador Khan Hasham Bin Saddique

Updated 25 September 2018
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Message of Ambassador Khan Hasham Bin Saddique

In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful.
On this auspicious occasion of 88th National Day of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I, on behalf of all Pakistanis, congratulate and felicitate wholeheartedly the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the people of KSA.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have historically enjoyed brotherly relations that reflect the sentiments of the people of both countries for each other. Saudi Arabia is considered their spiritual home by the Pakistanis and they admire the exemplary services provided to the pilgrims.
Saudi Arabia is home to more than 2 million Pakistanis who are appreciative of the hospitality of the Kingdom and its people. The two Holy Mosques and the largest community of expatriates working in the Kingdom generate unique inspiration and motivation for Pakistanis for their gratitude and affection toward Saudi Arabia.
Over the years, the Kingdom has progressed impressively and attained a vital position in global affairs, guided by its visionary leadership. The Kingdom is playing a leading role in the affairs of the Islamic Ummah by supporting the cause of peace and stability.
We are very happy to see KSA embark on Vision 2030; indeed, a road map for rapid development and transformation. Pakistan will InsaAllah be a partner in this enterprise as the goals envisaged in the Vision would usher a new era of prosperity in the region.
I would like to convey the best wishes and prayers of Pakistani brethren for the peace, security and progress of the Kingdom. Further, the government and people of Pakistan stand firmly with Saudi Arabia and look forward to further strengthen bilateral relations for benefits of our people.
Long live Pakistan, long live Saudi Arabia and long live Pakistan-Saudi friendship.