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The Cost of AML Fines Soars to Over US$1 Billion in the Last Decade

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New BankersAccuity research outlines the movement of fines for AML violations over the past 10 years

SKOKIE, Ill., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — BankersAccuity, the global standard for payment efficiency and compliance solutions, today released new research entitled ‘Trends in anti-money laundering (AML) compliance’, looking at the movement of fines for illicit financial activity and money laundering over the past 10 years.

Research suggests there is a direct correlation between the severity of violations and size of fines. While the number of fines has decreased, the penalty amount has continued to increase. In 2003 there were 153 fines with just US$2.7 million worth of penalties; whilst in 2012 there were just 16 fines that totaled US$1.1 billion in penalties. (Note 1)

Henry Balani, Managing Director at BankersAccuity, comments: “2012 saw a tremendous increase in fines and penalties with several leading global banks hit with extremely large fines for AML and OFAC violations. The size of fines is typically based on several factors — level of egregiousness, willingness to self-report and ongoing remediation efforts. While the total number of fines has decreased, this trend is only temporary.”

As demonstrated during the first half of 2013, the number of fines from January to May 2013 has almost doubled compared to the same period of the previous year. (Note 2)

“Regulators have focused on high profile banks in recent years. The intent is to send a clear message to the market that violation of sanctions needs to be taken seriously by all banks and financial institutions. Now that the message has been sent, regulators in the upcoming years will again take a wider sweep and focus on institutions of all sizes,” Balani continues.

In general, fines are levied for a range of reasons from internal ‘payment stripping’ to knowingly making payments to sanctioned countries. With high-profile enforcement of AML regulations globally, organizations are faced with increased risk and greater challenges to achieving and maintaining compliance. Key events and developing trends over the last decade offer insight and important lessons for firms seeking to avoid participation in illicit financial transactions.

To download a copy of the BankersAccuity infographic on trends in AML compliance, please visit:


1.& 2. Enforcement Information, US Department of the Treasury

About BankersAccuity:

Owned by one of the world’s leading business to business publishers, Reed Business Information and part of Reed Elsevier, BankersAccuity sets the global standard for payment efficiency and compliance solutions. It includes Bankers Almanac and Accuity, premier data services that have been providing solutions to banks and businesses worldwide for over 175 years.

About Reed Business Information:

Reed Business Information brings leading brands to an audience of millions of decision makers worldwide through its multi- platform media of data services, online lead generation services, community websites, magazines and events.

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June 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Coty Inc. Appoints Catherine Walsh Into Newly Created Role Of SVP, Corporate Communications

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In Her New Role, the Longtime Coty Executive Will Promote Coty’s Image Globally
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Coty Inc., an emerging leader in global beauty, has selected one of the company’s own great talents, Catherine Walsh, to fill the newly created position of senior vice president, Corporate Communications. With this new role and ensuing organizational enhancements, Coty is strengthening its global brand-building efforts.
“Catherine Walsh has been a key force in creating and developing the American portfolio of Coty Prestige since she began with us in 2001,” said Mr. Michele Scannavini, CEO of Coty Inc. “Her passion for all forms of beauty, her natural curiosity and her unique marketing capabilities have all contributed to the growing success of Coty Prestige over the past decade, and they are just some of the characteristics that make me confident in her ability to take on this new role.”
In her new position, Walsh has been charged with promoting Coty’s corporate image, implementing effective financial communication, piloting Coty Cares, developing digital capabilities and leading internal communications. Serving under her to help achieve those goals is a cross-divisional team that will include representatives from the departments of Corporate Public Relations, Corporate Sustainability, Global Digital and Employee Communication.
“I have been in the Coty family for more than 10 years, and now I look forward to helping make Coty one of the strongest brands in the beauty industry,” said Walsh. “My goal is to ensure that our brand is recognized and admired by peers, retailers, consumers, suppliers and employees alike. With the wonderful team I have to support me, I know that we will be able to achieve those goals and much more.”
Walsh’s many achievements in her tenure at Coty include reigniting the celebrity fragrance model by establishing a long-standing collaboration with Jennifer Lopez, inventing new concepts and brand territories with Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga, and bringing mega-brands such as Calvin Klein to new heights. She sits on the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Industry Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for the Chinati Foundation.
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About Coty Inc.
Coty is an emerging leader in global beauty with net revenues of $4.6 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. Founded in Paris in 1904, Coty is a pure play beauty company with a portfolio of well-known fragrances, color cosmetics and skin & body care products sold in over 130 countries and territories. Coty’s product offerings include such global brands as adidas, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Davidoff, Marc Jacobs, OPI, philosophy, Playboy, Rimmel and Sally Hansen.
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June 13, 2013 at 5:05 pm

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Elitecore Brings Core Session Management Platform for CSP’s Next-Generation Services

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MUMBAI, India and DUBAI, UAE, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —

Elitecore Technologies, the global provider of OSS/BSS, announced EliteCSM, a core session management platform for next-generation networks with preintegrated products including AAA, Map Gateway, PCRF, Diameter Signaling and Charging Gateway. The platform serves as a one-stop solution to increase revenues from existing and emerging services without having to go for a major overhaul each time there is an innovation thus, helping them adapt quickly to unpredictable changes in business environment.


By using a common Diameter and RADIUS stack across all products which enable easy integration processes for seamless connectivity. EliteCSM drastically reduces development costs and project timelines . It also solves complex integration issues with multi-vendor network elements like GGSN, PGW, HSS, PCRF and OCS vendors, allowing operators to reuse their network for future services with negligible customization.

Says Dhaval Vora, VP, Product Management, Elitecore, “With emerging 3G, 4G networks and changing network dynamics, operators are trapped in a rigid eco-system in which new service creation and software development becomes time-consuming and expensive to design. It also causes service delays and disruptions in multi-vendor and multi-network deployments wherein each vendor has a different product roadmap or release timeline. To address these challenges, our EliteCSM platform delivers a future-proof investment making operators more flexible and efficient in creating new plans.”

The EliteCSM platform addresses multiple access networks such as FTTH, ADSL, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, LTE, IMS and WiMax networks. The platform is designed for extreme performance and scalability and helps operators manage increasingly complex processes associated with next generation transformation by offering value-added services that drive ARPU growth.

About Elitecore:
Elitecore Technologies is a Carlyle group investee IT product company with presence across 90+ service providers across 30+ countries. Its pre-integrated BSS solutions comprise Billing & Revenue Management, PCRF, AAA, DSC and Wi-Fi offload, to help optimize operator networks by transferring them from a product-centric eco-system to a customer-centric one. The platform delivers high performance by applying innovations to scale CSP business offerings transforming them from existing to next-generation LTE, IMS and MVNO services. Elitecore’s capability in integrating multi-vendor IT and mobile core components, reduced time-to-market and personalized, interactive offerings enable monetization of next-generation services more effectively thus, enabling service providers act as experience providers while reducing TCO.

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June 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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Following the Successful Launch in the United States, the New Simbionix U/S Mentor to be Introduced for the First Time in Europe

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CLEVELAND, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Simbionix USA Corporation, a world leader of medical simulation training and products, will be exhibiting its new U/S MentorTM Simulator for the first time in Europe at the upcoming SESAM (Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine) exhibition, in Paris, France.


Ultrasound is widely used in medicine, as it is possible to perform both diagnosis and therapeutic procedures using ultrasound to guide interventional procedures. It is increasingly being used in trauma and first aid cases, with emergency ultrasound becoming a staple of most EMT response teams. Physicians and other healthcare professionals who provide direct patient care are using ultrasound in their office and hospital practices for efficient, low-cost, dynamic diagnostic imaging that facilitates treatment planning while avoiding any ionizing radiation exposure.

In correspondence with the rapidly growing utilization of ultrasound technology by various medical specialties, the Simbionix U/S Mentor provides a unique training opportunity, allowing healthcare professionals and clinical practitioners to independently acquire sonography skills in their field of practice. The innovative platform is comprised of a palpable mannequin and true-to-life simulated anatomies, physiology and pathologies, offering a selection of tasks and virtual patient cases for comprehensive training, incorporating didactics, real time guidance and captured metrics for objective assessment. Training modules incorporate ECG, image enhancement tools, measurements tools, color Doppler, cine-loops recording and clinical findings reporting, all supporting training to the full extent of the actual procedure.

“Developing the U/S Mentor follows the Simbionix mission to provide healthcare professionals with the most advanced training solutions,” said Gary Zamler, Simbionix CEO. “This new simulator is the first in our line that is not intended only for MIS procedures, and addresses the current market needs and requests from our customers. The new U/S Mentor has been extremely well received in the United States, as clients were especially impressed with the realistic imaging and training options that it offers.”

Stop by Simbionix booth #15 B+C at SESAM, June 13-15, in Paris, France, to experience the ground breaking U/S Mentor as well as our complete line of MIS simulators.

Simbionix USA Corporation is the world’s leading provider of simulation, training and education products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry. The company is committed to delivering high quality products, advancing clinical performance and optimizing procedural outcomes.

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June 13, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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Asian Universities set to Dominate Global Rankings Within Two Decades

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —
Asian universities could overtake their western counterparts within two decades, say the compilers of QS University Rankings: Asia released today on
HKUST tops the rankings ahead of National University of Singapore and Hong Kong University, which tie for second place. Peking University moves up one place to fifth, its highest ever position.
2013 QS University Rankings Asia: Top 10

2013 2012 Institution Territory
2= 2 National University of Singapore Singapore
2= 3 University of Hong Kong HK
4 4 Seoul National University Korea
5 6 Peking University China
6 7 KAIST Korea
7= 9 POSTECH Korea
7= 5 The Chinese University of Hong Kong HK
9 8 The University of Tokyo Japan
10= 10 Kyoto University Japan
10= 17 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2013
“Asian higher education is undergoing a rapid transformation. Singapore, Hong Kong, mainland China and Korea are at the forefront of the assault on the global academic elite,” says Ben Sowter, head of QS Intelligence Unit, which also compiles the QS World University Rankings.
“There are already 17% more Asian universities in the global top 200 since the recession, and the next two decades could see leading US and European universities objectively overtaken.”
QS University Rankings: Asia also shows a five-year surge in international students studying at ranked institutions in the region, from 175,286 in 2009 to 255,212 this year. Total international faculty has grown from 21,223 to 35,677.
“As Western governments struggle to maintain funding levels, Asian institutions have rapidly increased their ability to attract the world’s best faculty and students,” says Sowter.
The rapid speed of change in the region is on display in a complementary ranking, QS Top 50 under 50, which ranks universities established since 1963. Asia boasts five of the world’s top six young institutions, a forecast of a future realignment of the global balance of power from West to East.
QS Top 50 UNDER 50 (Top 10)
Rank Global Institution Territory
2 47 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
3 58 The University of Warwick UK
4 63 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Korea
5 95= City University of Hong Kong HK
6 97 Pohang University of Science and Technology Korea
7 107 Maastricht University Netherlands
8 155 University of California, Irvine USA
9 159 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University HK
10 163 Lancaster University UK
Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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June 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

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Newly Wealthy Asians Seeking ‘Retail-Tainment’

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ —
Conclusions drawn from ‘Meet the Experience Hunters’ Round Table at ITLM by Chic Outlet Shopping®
“Chinese shoppers are becoming more sophisticated and are no longer just interested in brands but, instead, are seeking unique experiences,” says Chris Cabot, president of Value Retail China. The company hosted a round table event, ‘Meet the Experience Hunters’, at ITLM Asia in Shanghai on 5 June, in which Chris was one of four speakers. The event was designed to explore the psyche of the Asian luxury travelling consumer and touched on themes including luxury goods and travel and how to combine the two, authenticity and source of origin and ‘retail-tainment’.
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Value Retail is the creator and operator of the Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages, a unique concept in outlet shopping and the only company to specialise exclusively in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping villages. The nine Villages across Europe offer an entire range of hospitality services including Welcome Centres, multilingual hosts, VIP Lounges, personal shoppers, ‘shop and drop’ hands-free shopping and a chauffeur service.
As Chris Cabot explains, the company believes part of the reason for its growth in tax-free sales of 34% in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2012 is because the company is meeting the strong demand from international travellers for ‘experience shopping’: “The Villages are very much tourism destinations in their own right, providing a full day trip of ‘retail-tainment’. The experience they receive brings International tourists back time and again to visit us.”
Chic Outlet Shopping® exhibited at ILTM Asia for the first time this year. The round table event included three further speakers, who concluded:-
The Commentator-
YING SHEA- Chief Development Officer, Luxury Business, SK Group
“I am happy to see the fast development of the Chinese luxury market. Initially, people tended to buy things with big brand names and logo as symbol of their wealth and success, but once they pass that stage, they will eventually look for something new, which is a valued experience.”
The Traveller-
ALFRED CHANG, Vice President, Kuoni Group Travel Expert
“Chinese people with wealth like to be recognised. Besides shopping for pretty things, they want recognition from other people and high-quality service standards. Nowadays, more and more Chinese consumers also hope to be enhanced by the shopping experience, which includes private shopping.”
The Consumer and The Brands-
DANIEL WANG, Managing Editor & Feature Director, Madame Figaro China
“The temptation of luxury products to me is not only about its design or appearance but also a chance to fulfil a dream. Chinese consumers are experiencing the culture, the dream value and a lifestyle provided by the luxury product they purchase.”
The average spend of a Chinese shopper across the nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages is EUR 347, the highest of any of its markets. Chinese visitors to the Villages accounted for nearly a third (33%) of tax-free sales in the first three months of 2013, spending EUR 30 million, a 49% increase in year-on-year sales. The other highest markets for tax-free sales at the Villages were Russia (14%), the Middle East (12%) and Southeast Asia (11%). International visitors spent an average of EUR 309 per visit.
Chic Outlet Shopping® has launched an online Chic Travel Portal, for the travel trade and MICE market to create and purchase bespoke travel itineraries featuring local partners, as well as Chic Outlet Shopping® products. Basic packages are available across the Collection of Villages from just EUR 44 and include return transport from the nearest city centre on the luxury Shopping Express™ coach service, a Gift Card, a VIP Card providing an additional reduction of 10% in selected boutiques, lunch in one of the Village restaurants, and more. Chic Outlet Shopping® has more than 150 partnerships, which the travel trade can benefit from and offer their clients.
About Chic Outlet Shopping®
Chic Outlet Shopping® is the Collection of luxury outlet Villages by Value Retail, the only company to specialise exclusively in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping villages. Currently home to more than 900 boutiques, the nine Villages offer the authentic previous seasons’ collections of leading luxury fashion and lifestyle brands with savings of up to 60%, and sometimes more, on the recommended retail price, all year round.
Within easy reach of some of Europe’s and China’s favourite gateway cities – London, Dublin, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Bologna, Brussels, Antwerp, Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich and, coming soon, Suzhou/Shanghai – the Villages have become synonymous with high fashion, superior service and hospitality, a calendar of celebrated events, and exceptional value for money. Located in regions of cultural and historic renown, the Villages have become international tourist destinations in their own right.
Value Retail’s new venture to bring its distinctive Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages to China will see its first Village – Suzhou Village™ – located in historic Suzhou, 50 miles west of Shanghai. As with other members of the Collection, Suzhou Village™ will be defined by its offer of international luxury fashion and lifestyle brands, together with an exceptional level of service.
More about the four Round Table Speakers:
The Experience –
CHRIS CABOT, President of Value Retail China
Cabot joined Value Retail in 2002 where he has had a variety of roles including Chief Operating Officer of Value Retail Management where he was responsible for building sophisticated systems and efficient procedures. As President of Value Retail China he is responsible for leading expansion into China.
The Commentator-
YING SHEA- Chief Development Officer, Luxury Business, SK Group
Ms Ying Shea is Chief Development Officer at SK Group. She is in charge of business development and investment in luxury business. Ms Shea has developed a profound understanding of luxury spending trends in China and has built an extensive network with luxury consumers and luxury service providers.
The Traveller-
ALFRED CHANG, Vice President, Kuoni Group Travel Expert
Alfred is the regional Vice President at Kuoni Group Travel Expert, the world’s leading group travel company, which was evolved from the exceptionally successful Kuoni Destination Management and Gulliver Travel Agency (GTA). Alfred and his destination specialists provide comprehensive group travel-related services throughout Europe, US and other international destinations for travel agencies across mainland China and Hong Kong.
The Consumer and The Brands-
DANIEL WANG, Managing Editor & Feature Director, Madame Figaro China
Daniel is a unique fashion critic and fashion blogger as well as a successful writer. Before joining Madame Figaro, he was Creative Director of as well as the founder and Chief Editor of, both mainstream fashion and lifestyle portals in China. His blog has been ranked in’s top 10 blog list for two consecutive years. Daniel has published three fashion criticism books, each of which has been the bestselling book in the fashion category of His current role at Madame Figaro ranges from overall editorial content supervision to intensive feature planning.
Source: Value Retail PLC

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June 13, 2013 at 2:57 pm

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Ukraine Cabinet Ministers to Present State Economic Development Program at International Business Conference

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KIEV, Ukraine, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Three Ukraine cabinet ministers will present details of “The State Activation Program for the economic development of Ukraine for 2013 – 2014” to delegates of “ABC: Ukraine & Partners” on Thursday.

The presentation will be made by Serhiy Arbuzov (First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine), Igor Prasolov (Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine) and Mikhail Korolenko (Minister of Industrial Policy of Ukraine).

Serhiy Arbuzov said that discussing the program at such a prestigious forum demonstrates a, “strong, pragmatic and open government policy aimed at the modernization of the national economy.”

Arbuzov explained that the program will fulfill three main objectives:

Boost economic growth;
Begin modernizing the real sector of the national economy, increasing share production with high added value;
Infrastructure development and modernization of communal utilities.

The program is designed to increase Ukraine’s economic competitiveness and improve the investment climate. It will also support key branches which form the largest contributions to GDP, including steel production, agriculture, machinery and chemical production. In addition, the program will provide economic assurances for small and medium-size business, in particular textiles, the woodworking industry and the IT sector.

According to Arbuzov, during the first phase of the Program a number of financial instruments are to be created in order to provide the real sector of the economy with long-term and low-cost loans, without which the key assets of enterprise cannot be modernized.

Furthermore, Arbuzov emphasized that the Program will be balanced against the real budget capability.

“Only those tasks and activities which can be backed with financial resources remain in the final version of the Program. This is a guarantee that the adopted program will be implemented,” commented Arbuzov.

According to Igor Prasolov, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, the business forum will open up broad opportunities for further dialogue between authorities and the business sector.

“The conference will contribute to closer partnerships between business circles of various countries and will help to create a favourable investment environment in Ukraine. It will also improve Ukraine’s global standing as a reliable business partner. This will help our country to boost its national economy and ensure public well-being.”

Mykhailo Korolenko, Minister of Industrial Policy, expressed his agreement on this point.
Source: ABC: Ukraine & Partners

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June 13, 2013 at 2:49 pm

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AGT International Appoints Rani Karmi to Chief Business Officer

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ZURICH /PRNewswire/ —
Seasoned industry sales leader joins AGT International executive team to drive growth in new markets
Rani Karmi joins AGT International, one of the fastest growing safety and security solutions organizations in the world, as Chief Business Officer. He will be based in Zurich and responsible for driving AGT International’s growth in the global market and in the field of security.
Rani brings 25 years of successful sales, management and leadership experience. He joins from EADS, where he was previously Chief Sales Office of Cassidian, the Defense and Security division and recently Head of Business Development in the EADS Headquarter.
Mati Kochavi, Founder and CEO of AGT International, said: “AGT International has delivered in the last 18 months projects in the value of USD 2B in 15 different countries and made exciting progress in new markets over the last two years. Yet we are not resting on our laurels and are determined to strive towards new goals in the next year and beyond. Rani’s appointment is a sign of our commitment to extend our reach and grow into new markets.”
Rani Karmi, Chief Business Officer at AGT International, commented: “It is a time of unprecedented need and change in exciting regions like Asia Pacific, Europe, Russia, CIS Countries, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. AGT International is committed to pushing boundaries and taking advantage of the opportunities presented by new technology and social change. This is a successful young company and I am happy to join AGT and bring cutting edge security and public safety solution to the world to become a global and major player in this exiting market.”
About AGT International
Founded in 2007, AGT International’s technology solutions safeguard people, assets and infrastructure for public safety authorities, governments and corporations. Our core intellectual property collects, correlates, analyzes and prioritizes data from available sources to present immediately actionable intelligence that helps our customers better predict, manage and resolve an ever-expanding spectrum of threats to life and livelihood. By proactively delivering the right information to the right decision makers in real time, we enable them to plan and prepare better, and to react faster and more effectively. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, the organization employs 2,400 people globally. AGT International is privately held and led by Founder and CEO, Mati Kochavi. For more information, please visit
AGT Group GmbH
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June 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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Largest Global Survey of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Shows Opportunity for Increased Collaboration Between Doctors And Patients And Further Education About Disease Progression

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Multinational, Multidisciplinary Expert Panel Reveals Survey Findings, Asks Patients to Take Pledge as Part of RA: Join the Fight,an AbbVie GlobalInitiative

MADRID, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — RA: Join the Fight today presented at a launch event in Madrid the findings from the largest global rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patient survey, which included 10,171 patients across 42 countries. Findings show that while a majority of RA patients (74 percent) say they know a great deal or a moderate amount about RA, nearly half (46 percent) do not recognize that the joint damage caused by the disease is irreversible. This anonymous survey also found that, compared to those that do not have a disease management plan, patients who have a disease management plan with their healthcare provider were nearly twice as likely to feel hopeful (39 percent vs. 23 percent) and confident (31 percent vs. 16 percent) when asked how they felt about living with their RA over the past week.

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The survey findings highlight knowledge gaps between what patients may know about RA and how they are managing their disease. Although about nine in ten patients (91 percent) say that they have a good understanding of why it is important to manage their RA, as many as two in three (66 percent) mistakenly agree that a lack of pain means their RA is under control. In addition, patients who are more involved in the RA community, including those that are members of patient advocacy organizations and those that interact with other RA patients, are more likely to be knowledgeable about RA and more actively involved in managing their disease. The survey also reported that about two in five RA patients (41 percent) say that their job/career or ability to work was negatively impacted by their RA, and one in three of these patients say they have had to take days off (33 percent) or stop working altogether for a period of time (32 percent).

“I was surprised to see that although more than four in five patients recognize that RA is a severe, progressive and destructive disease, only 56 percent have a disease management plan in place,” said Peter Nash, MBBS, FRACP, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Queensland, Australia and RA: Join the Fight advisory committee member. “There is clearly a need for patients and doctors to work together to develop a long-term strategy to manage RA. If not managed properly, over time, advanced RA can result in permanent joint destruction, disability and loss of work.”

At the heart of RA: Join the Fight is a pledge. With the endorsement of its global advisory committee and more than 40 patient and medical organizations from around the world, RA: Join the Fight is issuing a call-to-action for increased patient involvement in RA disease management. Patients are encouraged to visit to take the pledge to start the conversation and collaborate with their doctor to develop a plan to manage their disease.

“It is interesting to see aspects of my personal experiences as someone living with RA reflected through the lens of more than ten thousand others worldwide,” said Claire Kinneavy, RA patient, RA: Join the Fight advisory committee member, past director of Arthritis Ireland. “The more you are involved with the management of your disease, the more in control you will feel about it. That’s why we are asking people living with RA to pledge to talk to their doctor about their experiences with RA and their goals for the future.”

About the Survey
The anonymous global RA patient survey was conducted by Harris Interactive in 42 countries via paper (six countries) and online (36 countries) between February 14 and April 11, 2013. The survey evaluated results from more than 10,000 adults with RA from around the world (n=10,171). Survey respondents have been living with a diagnosis of RA for an average of nine years, and were more likely to be women than men (74 percent vs. 26 percent), with a mean age of 49.8 years old. Complete survey methodology, including sample size per country, is available upon request.

About RA: Join the Fight
RA: Join the Fight, an AbbVie global initiative, aims to be a global source of information to help educate people living with RA and those who support them. RA: Join the Fight, endorsed by more than 40 advocacy organizations from around the world, is a collaborative global effort, with expert partners – patients, physicians, nurses and researchers – involved in the development and implementation of the initiative’s resources and programs. Visit to learn more.

About Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks healthy joints, causing pain, swelling, stiffness and over time, loss of function in the joints, as well as overall fatigue and weakness.(1,2,3) RA may also cause premature mortality, disability and compromised quality of life.(4) The onset of RA usually occurs in people between the ages of 25 and 55 years old, though it can occur at virtually any age.(1,2) Typically, RA affects women more than men, with three times as many women suffering from the disease.(2,5) Many people living with RA have difficulty performing common everyday tasks, like opening a jar or turning a doorknob.(3)

About AbbVie
AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott. The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world’s most complex and serious diseases. In 2013, AbbVie employs approximately 21,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries. For further information on the company and its people, portfolio and commitments, please visit Follow @abbvie on Twitter or view careers on our Facebook or LinkedIn page.


1. National Institutes of Health. Accessed 4/9/13

2. National Institutes of Health. Accessed 4/9/13

3. Arthritis Foundation. How Will Rheumatoid Arthritis Affect You? Accessed 4/9/13

4. Brooks PM. The burden of musculoskeletal disease–a global perspective. Clin Rheumatol. 2006 Nov;25(6):778-81.

5. American College of Rheumatology. Rheumatoid Arthritis Fact Sheet. Accessed 4/9/13

Source: AbbVie

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June 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm

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Chandler Corporation Acquires an 80% Shareholding in Vietnam’s Hoan My Medical Corporation

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SINGAPORE, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Chandler Corporation announced today a US $99 million investment in Hoan My Medical Corporation, acquiring an 80% stake in Vietnam’s largest private hospital group. The investment in Hoan My complements the healthcare businesses the Chandler Corporation owns and operates in Indonesia and the Philippines, positioning it to become a leading private healthcare provider in Asia.

Hoan My: A Track Record of Providing Quality, Creating Value

Hoan My is Vietnam’s only integrated hospital network; it is a trusted brand which is recognised for its clinical and service excellence. To meet the country’s rising demand for quality healthcare, Hoan My has grown significantly since its establishment in 1997. The group now comprises five hospitals and four clinics, providing affordable, quality healthcare to more than one million people in Vietnam’s emerging middle class.

Chandler Corporation Invests in the Well-being and Prosperity of Nations

David Walker, CEO of the Chandler Corporation, commented on the investment:

“The acquisition of Hoan My is an important step toward realising the Chandler Corporation’s goal of becoming a leading Pan-Asian healthcare services provider. The Chandler Corporation builds and invests in great companies which create social value and drive national prosperity. Hoan My has done both in Vietnam for the past 16 years. Our investment reflects the value we place on healthcare, and our commitment to give people the opportunity to live healthier and more prosperous lives.”

About the Chandler Corporation

The Chandler Corporation builds and operates businesses in healthcare, energy and environment, consumer, and financial services, with operations in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. The Chandler Corporation currently operates healthcare businesses in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Kenya under the Viva Healthcare brand. The Corporation’s vision of Building Great Companies and Great Nations reflects its belief in the power of business to drive national prosperity. In all its work, the Corporation places a special emphasis on good corporate governance as a crucial element of business sustainability and increasing stakeholder value.

For further information, please visit the Chandler Corporation website at

Martin Robinson
Managing Director, Healthcare

Media enquiries:
Melanie Hui
Assistant Vice President, Communications
Main Line: + 65 6210 5555
Mobile: + 65 8318 1906

Source: Chandler Corporation

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June 13, 2013 at 2:15 pm