Meeting healthcare needs
Our patients are at the heart of everything we do. We ensure their needs are met through supplying high-quality, affordable medicines. This underpins our strategy on both a global and local scale. Our commitment to providing the right education to doctors and patients is enabling them to lead and promote a healthier lifestyle.
Treating major health issues
In 2016 we were able to reach more doctors and patients than ever before with more high-quality treatment options. Our reach was strengthened this year through the significant expansion of our oncology capabilities in MENA and the acquisition of West-Ward Columbus in the US, which makes us a top ten US generics company, providing more affordable medicines to doctors and patients.
In addition to meeting the needs of doctors and patients through our core business, we believe we have a responsibility to encourage health awareness and education, as well as helping those who might find themselves in crisis and unable to access care through traditional healthcare systems.
Improving cancer care
Hikma aims to support patients, oncologists, nurses and hospitals in improving cancer care, and in establishing long-term partnerships with healthcare providers to meet their pressing needs in this area. In Egypt, we launched our new business unit “Hikma Specialized Egypt” which aims to improve our ability to meet the unique and urgent needs of cancer patients and healthcare providers in Egypt. Hikma is committed to making a difference by providing a broad range of affordable added-value medications for patients battling cancer.
Reaching people in crisis
Over the course of 2016, we continued our legacy of donating much-needed medical products to local communities and charity organisations throughout the MENA and the US where we operate. This included essential medicines such as anti-infectives, as well as cardiovascular, nervous system and alimentary tract products. Our businesses in the US work with various organisations and donate short-dated medicines. Our US partner organisations include, but are not limited to: Americares, Kingsway, Project Hope and Direct Relief. We also donated medical supplies for use at Jordanian military field hospitals abroad under our long-term partnership with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization for Relief and Development (JHCO). In total, the value of in-kind and cash donations across the Group in 2016 was $2.6 million.
Providing affordable quality products
West-Ward Pharmaceuticals, our wholly-owned subsidiary in the US, is a leading generic manufacturer in the competitive US market. With an ever-expanding portfolio of products, investments in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a family of committed employees, West-Ward delivers quality pharmaceuticals to a variety of customers within the healthcare industry including major wholesalers, retailers and hospitals. West-Ward is committed to being a responsible partner and reliably supplying affordable, high-quality generic medicines to meet today’s diverse healthcare needs.
West-Ward’s operations are carried out at three FDA-approved manufacturing facilities located in Eatontown and Cherry Hill, both in New Jersey, and Columbus in Ohio. We also have an R&D centre in Bedford, Ohio and a distribution centre in Memphis, Tennessee.
Enhancing health awareness
The health and wellbeing of our employees and those in the communities in which we operate is very important to us. Throughout the year, we organised several activities and campaigns to raise disease awareness and promote healthy lifestyles. On World Cancer Day in February, we supported the ‘Talking Hands’ social media campaign which encouraged people to spread messages of support. We also hosted several sessions for employees to learn more about the disease, including visits from cancer survivors who shared their personal experiences and inspirational stories on how they overcame the disease, and a talk given by a leading consultant hematologist and medical oncologist. In October, we collaborated with the King Hussein Cancer Foundation’s Breast Cancer Program in Jordan sponsoring an employee cycling trip to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Our employees supported other activities throughout the year, including a social media competition to raise awareness of breast cancer; fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support through its ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’; and a donation to DKMS, a global organisation dedicated to the fight against blood cancer.
On World Obesity Day, Hikma’s marketing team organised a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of obesity. Hikma’s employees in Jordan were given the chance to measure their weight, BMI, fat percentage and muscle percentage. They were also offered tips on how to stay healthy and maintain an ideal weight and they were served nutritious meals at lunchtime, encouraging them to eat well.