Red Noses, the clown doctors, to make regular visits to children staying at the General Hospital Murska Sobota with the support of Lek, a Sandoz company

9. 9. 2015

Today, Red Noses, the clown doctors, and Lek, a Sandoz company, formally initiated the regular visits of clown doctors at the Paediatric Ward of the General Hospital Murska Sobota. This morning, Red Noses already visited the Paediatric Department, setting off good mood, high spirits, and laughter among children and their parents, employees of the Hospital as well as journalists followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Over the past eleven years Red Noses have been visiting hospitals with paediatric wards across Slovenia. Clown doctors are professional performers who are specially trained to work in a vulnerable healthcare environment, like hospitals, facilities for people with special needs, healthcare settings and residential care facilities. The honest and frank characters of clown doctors offer humour and plays to vulnerable children and adults improving their hospital stay and mood, spark bright ideas, courage and trust. This way they contribute to the emotional well-being of patients and help them come to terms with their situation.

“Our hospital does not only aim at meeting hospital programs and being professional, but also adding humanity to our work, particularly when treating our youngest patients. Therefore, Red Noses have received a warm welcome among our patients and health care professionals by raising smiles and courage. With the support of the pharmaceutical company Lek, a Sandoz company, Red Noses will pay us regular visits, which we are thankful for. We would also like to express our gratitude to Red Noses for their noble work in offering our kids a range of emotional and physical benefits, making their long hospital days shorter, distract them from thinking about their illness and help them develop a positive attitude, said Bojan Korošec, MD, director of the General Hospital Murska Sobota.

Lek, a Sandoz company, has been supporting Red Noses for seven years

The noble mission of Red Noses has been supported by Lek, a Sandoz company, from their very beginning.

“To care for health and well-being is an integral part of our business. Our mission is closely intertwined with the mission of Red Noses, therefore we are glad to support them from their very beginning. With our help they continue with the newly started program called Caravan Orchestra, dedicated to children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities that we supported last year. Clown doctors seem to have a funny and a kind job; however, their work is very demanding and responsible. We are glad that with our support they will start bringing joy to the little patients staying at the General Hospital Murska Sobota,” said Simon Rečnik, Head of Packaging Center Lendava at Lek, a Sandoz company.

Red Noses annually visit more than 44,000 children and adults

“On behalf of Red Noses I would like to thank our long-term partner Lek, a Sandoz company, for enabling us to initiate these regular visits at the General Hospital Murska Sobota. Clown doctors will be visiting children staying at the Peadiatric, ENT, Ophthalmology and Surgical Ward of the General Hospital Murska Sobota every first Tuesday afternoon of the month, said Eva Š. Maurer, Red Noses Ambassador.

The Red Noses team includes 16 clown doctors paying regular visits to children and adults staying at 15 hospitals and specialized health care facilities with peadiatric wards across Slovenia.

  • they weekly visit the Division of Paediatrics as well as other Divisions and Departments of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana treating children, Division of Paediatrics of the University Medical Centre Maribor, and General Hospital Celje;
  • every other week they visit General Hospital Jesenice and General Hospital Novo Mesto;
  • every month they tour at the General Hospital Šempeter pri Novi Gorici and the Department for Disabled Children Stara Gora, General Hospital Trbovlje, General Hospital Ptuj, General Hospital Izola, General Hospital Slovenj Gradec, University Rehabilitation Institute Soča, Department of Haematology of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana and now the General Hospital Murska Sobota.

In addition Red Noses, the clown doctors, perform in the Caravan Orchestra show for children with moderate to severe developmental disabilities, tour at residential care facilities, visit children, youth and adults with special needs, and perform at the Clown-on-Call Project (clowns doctors in close cooperation with health care professionals in order to distract children from unpleasant procedures and reduce stress).

* * *

Lek, a Sandoz company, is one of key pillars of the second-largest generic pharmaceutical company globally. Its role within Sandoz is to act as: a leading global development center for technologically demanding products and technologies; a global manufacturing center for active pharmaceutical ingredients and medicines; a competence center for the development of vertically integrated products; a Sandoz competence center in the field of development and manufacturing of biosimilar products; and, a supply center for the markets of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), South East Europe (SEE) and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and it is responsible for sales on the Slovenian market. For further information please visit

Sandoz, a division of Novartis, is a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals, driving sustainable access to high-quality healthcare. Sandoz employs more than 26,000 people worldwide and supplies a broad range of affordable products to patients and customers around the globe.
The Sandoz global portfolio comprises approximately 1,100 molecules, which accounted for 2014 sales of USD 9.6 billion. Sandoz holds the global #1 position in biosimilars as well as in generic anti-infectives, ophthalmics and transplantation medicines. Sandoz also holds leading global positions in key therapeutic areas ranging from generic injectables, dermatology and respiratory to cardiovascular, metabolism, central nervous system, pain and gastrointestinal.
Sandoz develops, produces and markets finished dosage form (FDF) medicines as well as intermediary products including active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and biotechnological substances. Nearly half of the Sandoz portfolio is in differentiated products – medicines that are scientifically more difficult to develop and manufacture than standard generics.
In addition to strong organic growth since consolidating its generics businesses under the Sandoz brand name in 2003, Sandoz has consistently driven growth in selected geographies and differentiated product areas through a series of targeted acquisitions, including Hexal (Germany), EBEWE Pharma (Austria), and Fougera Pharmaceuticals (US).
Sandoz is on Twitter. Sign up to follow @Sandoz_global at

Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and over-the-counter products. Novartis is the only global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2014, the Group achieved net sales of USD 58.0 billion, while R&D throughout the Group amounted to approximately USD 9.9 billion (USD 9.6 billion excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ approximately 130,000 full-time-equivalent associates. Novartis products are available in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information, please visit

* * *

This press release contains statements and conclusions based on projections of Lek’s future business operations. These estimates are derived from the best information currently available. In case these forecasts prove unreliable, the actual results could prove different from those projected.

- end -

For additional information contact:
Katarina Klemenc
Corporate Communications
Lek Pharmaceuticals d. d.
Phone: +386 1 580 22 43
Fax: +386 1 580 24 32