No­var­tis hosts grad­u­a­tion for Saudi phar­ma­cists

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In a first of its kind event for Saudi phar­macy grad­u­ates, a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was held for the sec­ond batch of trainees of the “Med­i­cal Rep­re­sen­ta­tive De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram,” by No­var­tis through its af­fil­i­ate in the King­dom, the Saudi Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (Saphad).

The train­ing, which started in Oc­to­ber 2018, in­cluded 20 par­tic­i­pants, who ful­filled the re­quire­ments of the long-term train­ing pro­gram that qual­i­fies the Saudi phar­macy grad­u­ates and pre­pares them for work in the com­pany after hav­ing passed the pro­gram suc­cess­fully.

The grad­u­ates were se­lected af- ter in­ter­views and eval­u­a­tions car­ried out by the HR depart­ment of the com­pany.

Par­tic­i­pants un­der­went field train­ing as well as train­ing in hos­pi­tal health care.

The 12-week pro­gram is held twice a year. The trainees re­ceived cer­tifi­cates on Dec. 24, in the pres­ence of the com­pany’s lead­er­ship and em­ploy­ees, and mem­bers of the me­dia.

The pro­gram is in line with the ob­jec­tives of the King­dom’s Vi­sion 2030, which aims at the Saudiza­tion of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try.

“The qual­i­fi­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment of Saudi com­pe­ten­cies is among our top pri­or­i­ties in con­sol­i­da­tion of the strate­gic goals of the Vi­sion 2030. Through our train­ing ini­tia­tives, in­clud­ing the train­ing of Saudi phar­macy grad­u­ates, we seek to re­cruit new grad­u­ates and pro­vide them with the ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties that qual­ify them to work in this in­dus­try,” said Akif Tashkandi, head of hu­man re- sources, No­var­tis. “Our stu­dents in this train­ing pro­gram are the fu­ture phar­ma­cists who will carry the ban­ner of meet­ing the needs of the health care and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try in the King­dom, and hence, pro­vid­ing phar­macy grad­u­ates with the nec­es­sary work ex­pe­ri­ence will con­sid­er­ably help them in­vest their skills in the mar­ket­ing of medicines,” he added.

Gen­eral Man­ager Oth­man AlMut­laq said the com­pany un­der­stands the role it has to play lo­cally in the de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try through the ini­tia­tives it presents, which are based on uti­liz­ing the ex­per­tise of its global part­ner, No- var­tis, one of the largest man­u­fac­tur­ers of medicines in the world.

“I thank the com­pany and the pro­gram for pro­vid­ing us with this valu­able op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire the skills and work ex­pe­ri­ence in the phar­macy pro­fes­sion. The pro­gram will help me ap­ply what I have stud­ied in the class­room to real-life sit­u­a­tions. I am con­fi­dent of my high com­pe­tency and will ex­ert max­i­mum ef­forts with my col­leagues to sup­port the phar­macy progress in the King­dom,” a new phar­macy grad­u­ate said.

A num­ber of the grad­u­ates have been of­fered jobs in the com­pany, and dozens were al­ready re­cruited last year.

The trainees re­ceived cer­tifi­cates in the pres­ence of the com­pany’s lead­er­ship and em­ploy­ees, and mem­bers of the me­dia.

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