Press Release No. 007/KFCP-DIR/PR/II/21
Jakarta, February 18, 2021 – PT Kalbe Farma Tbk (Kalbe) held an educational event on health in collaboration with the Indonesian Gastroenterology Foundation (YGI). The health education event is aiming to increase public awareness on prevention and medication of gastric acid issues, specifically gastric ulcer and GERD. The theme of the education event is "Peel Through Gastric Acid Issues" with GERD as its topic. Speakers on education are Prof. dr. Abdul Aziz Rani, SpPD, K-GEH; dr. Rabbinu Rangga Pribadi, SpPD and Apt. Netty Andriana, S.Farm.
“Kalbe has been routinely presenting educational events on health issues for the public, one of which is on stomach health," said Ridwan Ong, Marketing Director of Pharma of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk. “Through this education event we wish to aid the understanding and increasing the awareness of Indonesian people on gastric issues that can hinder daily activities and cannot be underestimated," added Ridwan Ong.
“Acid reflux-related diseases are found in many communities, and are often known as heartburn, but their scope is wider. Examples of gastric acid-related diseases are gastric ulcer disease and GERD. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a disease of stomach acid that rises (reflux) into the esophagus and causes disconcerting symptoms and/or complications. This disease does not cause death, but can interfere with the patient's daily activities," said dr. Rabbinu Rangga Pribadi, SpPD.
“The fact is that people with heartburn tend to go for homemade drugs. While it is not the wrong thing to do, one should be aware of the occurence of the discomfort that turned out to be an ulcer. The issue must be confirmed before making a diagnosis. Treatment should be given in accordance with the diagnosis established by doctors and ought to look for the most effective,” said Prof. dr. Abdul Aziz Rani, SpPD, K-GEH.
"Kalbe has a supplement product made with natural ingredients to deal with stomach acid. Fucohelix is a product that contains the Fucoidan composition, and is available in the form of 100 mg capsules and syrup. Fucoidan is a natural substance that is extracted from a species of brown marine algae (C. okamuranus) that is prevalent in the waters of Okinawa, Japan. Fucohelix (fucoidan) has a way of working by increasing the defense factors by increasing the thickness of the stomach lining thus allowing it to protect the stomach from excess stomach acid. This method helps preventing the worsening of gastric ulcer," said Apt. Netty Adriana, S.Farma, Product Manager of PT. Kalbe Farma, Tbk.
YGI is a non-profit organization that was founded by gastroenterology specialists, that aims to provide education to the general public about digestive tract diseases through the website www.ygi.or.id, social media, and activities to increase knowledge, awareness, and public concern for digestive tract diseases.
Kalbe at a glance
PT Kalbe Farma Tbk ("Kalbe") was established in 1966 and is one of the largest listed pharmaceutical companies in Southeast Asia. Kalbe has four main divisions that handle reliable and varied brand portfolio: prescription medicines (Cefspan, Brainact, Broadced, etc.); health product division that handles over-the-counter medication (Promag, Mixagrip, Komix, Woods, Fatigon, etc.); multivitamins (Fatigon, H2, XonCe, Hevit-C, JossC1000, etc.); as well as supplement and ready-to-consume drinks (Hydro Coco, Extra Joss); nutrition division (ChilKid, Prenagen, Diabetasol, Zee, etc,); and distribution division. Kalbe currently has approximately 40 subsidiaries and 16 production facilities with international standard and employs approximately 16,000 employees dispersed across more than 76 branches throughout Indonesia. Since 1991, Kalbe is listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX: KLBF).