Fandi Ahmad: 7 Things in his Bag

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 14:51

Singapore football legend Fandi Ahmad carries a surprising amount of grooming products in his carryall.

There are full-sized bottles of skincare products - cleanser, toner, moisturiser and eye cream - from Lab Series; a full-sized bottle of Dove shower cream; a Gillette shaver and shaving cream; and a bottle of Abercrombie & Fitch cologne.

"I guess that's why I still look good at 52," says the Lions XII coach, cheekily.

But the facial hair he is currently sporting has nothing to do with vanity or some hipster trend.

For the past month, he has been growing out a moustache and beard as the ambassador of the annual charity initiative Movember.

The initiative encourages men to keep moustaches for a month in November to raise funds and awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer.

Throughout his football career, local legend, Fandi Ahmad, 52, endured much pain due to injuries. They can be injuries due to over-usage of his joints coupled with normal wear and tear of joint cartilage, muscle injuries or tendon and ligament injuries. As his age progressed, his knees problems became more pronounced.

In early July, Fandi was introduced to a UK product called FLEXISEQ. This gel works by delivering lubricant into the joint. Considering that it is easy to use (by applying it topically) and that it does not contain any drug or medication, it became an interesting proposition for Fandi because, unlike injections, he will not have any treatment downtime, and being drug-free, he does not have to worry about drug testing when using FLEXISEQ.

He brought along a few tubes and started using it during his training stint in Austria. When he returned, he found that there was less 'cracking' in his knees and his pain had been reduced greatly. At least, he could last longer in the field now; he could run and dribble the ball for a longer time than before when coaching.

Leicester Tigers Rugby Football Club

Leicester Tigers are the most successful rugby union side in England who have won their league a record 10 times since 1987. Leicester are also the only English side to have qualified to play in every Heineken Cup in which English teams have participated, and are also the most successful English side in Europe

The Tigers are supported by a world class sports medicine department who constantly strive to maintain the players in peak physical condition and when injuries inevitably occur, aim to make them stronger, better and less injury prone than before.

FLEXISEQ are proud to supply the Leicester Tigers medical staff, to help look after the joints of the athletes under their care.

Kuala Lumpur – Pharma Field Synergy Sdn Bhd has donated 350 tubes of Flexiseq Gel to Lembaga Tabung Haji for pilgrims performing the haj this year.

The company is the official marketing and distributing partner of the product and it has made the annual contribution to Tabung Haji since 2012.

This initiative is part of the brand’s mission to promote and ensure a pain-free pilgrimage. The gel was also donated to the haj pilgrims of Senegal.

Flexiseq is widely used not only to alleviate pain, but also to maintain mobility in the joints. It is derived from unique technology known as SequessomeTM vesicles that work as a biolubricant, penetrating the skin and being absorbed into the joints to lubricated the damaged cartilage, thereby alleviating pain.

Flexiseq also does not contain any active pharmaceutical ingredients, making it extremely safe to be used in the long term, as well as in conjunction with other medication. According to the Saudi Arabia government, osteoarthristis is officially recognized as a main obstacle to a comfortable and pain-free pilgrimage.

Tabung Haji also said osteoarthritis was the most widely reported ailment by pilgrims and therefore, it had included Flexiseq in its list of medical needs.

The annual donation of Flexiseq to Tabung Haji has yielded positive responses from pilgrims who used the gel the last two years during their pilgrimage.

Green Park Medical Appoints Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor as Brand Ambassador and Pharma Field Synergy as New Distributor for FLEXISEQ

Kuala Lumpur, 10 June 2014 – In expanding the reach and accessibility of FLEXISEQ to all osteoarthritis (OA) patients across the country, Green Park Medical Ltd (Green Park Medical), the Company that introduced FLEXISEQ in Malaysia as well as the rest of Southeast Asia, has proudly announced today the appointment of Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor as Brand Ambassador of FLEXISEQ in Malaysia. This announcement follows the appointment of Pharma Field Synergy Sdn Bhd (PFS) by Green Park Medical as the new distributor of FLEXISEQ, a non-invasive treatment gel that manages and alleviates joint pain caused by OA, effective 1 May 2014.

Expanding on the partnership and new business direction for FLEXISEQ in Malaysia, Mr Ooi Eng Jin, Managing Director of PFS said, “Our mission at PFS has always been to increase the accessibility of innovative and effective medicines to the public through collaborations with leaders in their respective therapeutic fields. As PFS now represents FLEXISEQ in Malaysia, we have embarked on a new development plan to ensure that all OA patients across the country are aware of, and can benefit from the important therapeutic role FLEXISEQ can play in their lives.”

Treatment For Joint Pain

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 00:00


It has been launched in various countries including Malaysia. Pro Bono Bio recently announced the UK launch of FLEXISEQ, the innovative drug-free, safe treatment for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Chief Operating Officer Michael Earl says: “The proven physical mode of action and the lack of an active pharmaceutical ingredient give FLEXISEQ the best of both worlds: It works and it’s safe. The lack of systemic side effects that have been recorded when drugs are used chronically, such as gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke, together with a lack of drug interactions makes it a particularly suitable option for many OA patients, who are elderly and may be suffering from other conditions and taking other medications, which complicate the choice of therapy for their painful joints.”

28th January 2014, London: Pro Bono Bio®, the global leader in nano-physical healthcare products, announces the UK national launch of FLEXISEQ™, the innovative drug-free, safe treatment for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis1 (OA) following the successful conclusion of the pioneering 2 month Charity partnership phase for the benefit of Arthritis Research UK. The contribution in products that are sold through the Arthritis Research UK website and through LloydsPharmacy has raised over £400,000 for the medical research charity. Sufferers have enthusiastically welcomed the new, effective and safe product that they can self-medicate and it is now going on sale through all leading pharmacies in the
UK.  FLEXISEQ comes with significant advantages as the product has no contra-indications, contains no drugs so cannot cause drug-to-drug interactions and so is safer than the existing drug treatments.

For quick and effective relief of joint pain

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:00

If you are among the estimated 10 to 20% of the adult population who suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee or other joints, then most probably you have tried the supplements glucosamine and chondroitin.

Both glucosamine and chondroitin are natural substances found in cartilage.

Glucosamine is an amino sugar that may help renew cartilage while chondroitin sulfate is a complex carbohydrate that is thought to help cartilage retain water.

Because osteoarthritis causes pain, swelling and stiffness in joints and damages cartilage over time, it is perhaps thought that extra glucosamine and chondroitin could help maintain and perhaps repair the damage caused by this wear and tear of the joints.

People affected by osteoarthritis have a condition where the cartilage (connective tissue) between their bones has gradually wasted away, leading to painful rubbing of bone on bone in the joints.

Without the cartilage, joints are unable to absorb shock and impact, thus affecting movement. Up to 40% of adults above the age of 65 years have symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Farewell to joint pains

Monday, 30 December 2013 08:00

For millions of sufferers of chronic pain, the dependence on painkillers for relief presets a risk. High doses of painkillers have been found to increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and heart failure, and cause complications such as bleeding ulcers, according to the largest study of its kind by Oxford University, which was recently published in the renowned medical journal The Lancet.

The drugs, which are known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are commonly used by people with arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.

The study analysed the results of 754 clinical trials of NSAIDs, including diclofenac, ibuprofen, naproxen and the COX-II inhibitors - celecoxib, rofecoxib and lumiracoxib.

It confirmed that these drugs significantly increased the risks of cardiovascular side effects, including death and gastrointestinal problems including internal bleeding.

Relief for joint pain and osteoarthritis

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 08:00

New clinical trial data published recently in The Journal of Rheumatology, showed that Flexiseq gel was very effective in managing the pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA) and was again found to have a much stronger safety profile than other treatments.

This is the latest high profile publication after winning the German Pharmacy Industry award for innovation in January this year.

Dr Matthias Rother, the publication’s lead author, says ‘This is an important study that confirms the safety and efficacy of Flexiseq for treatment of the chronic pain and stiffness that trouble many patients with OA.

“The effect size seen is comparable to a comparative study using the same design which demonstrated that Flexiseq has equivalent efficacy to the widely used oral NSAID, celecoxib.”

The findings offer hope to OA patients, particularly those at risk from the common gastrointestinal and cardiovascular side effects associated with NSAIDs, such as celecoxib and diclofenac (which has been the subject of further health warnings from the EMA in July).

Professor Conaghan, co-author of the paper, says that OA is a widespread and chronic disease that causes pain and loss of function, which adversely affects patients’ lives.

3rd December 2013, London: Pro Bono Bio®, the global leader in nano-physical healthcare products, announces the UK Charity launch of FLEXISEQ™, the innovative drug-free, safe treatment for joint pain associated with osteoarthritis₁ (OA). FLEXISEQ’s proven efficacy comes with significant advantages as the product has no contra-indications, contains no drugs so cannot cause drug-to-drug interactions, and with over 6 million doses administered since launch there have been no reported systemic side effects.

FLEXISEQ is already successfully sold in the early pilot markets of Austria, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia and Singapore. Earlier this year, FLEXISEQ won the Innovation Award 2013 from the Federal Association of German Pharmacists. In June, FLEXISEQ launched in Ireland and became the fastest growing over-the-counter product that pharmacies there had seen in recent times.

Wondergel relief for osteoarthritis sufferers!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 08:00

It was a weird invite for me to get, a medical device press luncheon. I did email the pr company back who invited me explaining that this was not in my realm of writing but I would love to accept the invite if that offer still stood. Frankly I think they made a mistake and was hoping I'd decline; but considering my autoimmune disease there was no way I was missing the opportunity!

Flexiseq is a new topical gel targeting pain in osteoarthritis sufferers. You may know that since suffering through chikungunya in 2008 I am now laden with a reactive arthritis in my hips, wrists and ankles. I take a lot of pills twice daily.

October 2013 – FLEXISEQ, the award winning new drug-free treatment for Osteoarthritis is now available in Singapore.  Clinically proven* in Europe to be as effective at pain relief as the prescription drug celecoxib, but with an excellent safety profile, Flexiseq has been hailed in Europe as a Wondergel*. Flexiseq has already won The Innovation Award 2013 from the Federal Association of German Pharmacists for its break through Nano Technology.

Berlin 25.1013 "Get people moving – experience success". This slogan of the German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery also held true for the symposium organised by Pro Bono Bio, which reported on a new, innovative and award-winning therapy option for osteoarthritis patients. Studies were presented proving the efficacy of the topical gel for pain and joint stiffness associated with osteoarthritis as well as personal experiences of the presenters with FLEXISEQ™ based on patient cases. FLEXISEQ contains no pharmacologically active substances, but works through the use of Sequessome™ vesicles, tiny phospholipid droplets that penetrate the skin into the joint and lubricate the damaged cartilage. Worldwide marketing of the gel, developed and produced in Germany, is pending after initial successes in Europe and Asia, as company head John Mayo reported.

555 patient clinical trial provides further evidence that FLEXISEQ is effective in reducing pain for osteoarthritis patients with a particularly strong safety profile.

London, England 6 September 2013 –Key clinical trial data supporting Pro Bono Bio’s (“PBB”) drug-free osteoarthritis treatment FLEXISEQ, have been published in The Journal of Rheumatology. This is the latest high profile publication after winning the German Pharmacy Industry award for innovation in January 2013.

The publication reports that FLEXISEQ (TDT 064) was very effective in managing the pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA) and was again found to have a much stronger safety profile than other treatments.

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