Rejsi Farma is a local success story that demonstrates how Albanian businesses can thrive through international partnerships and adapt to EU regulations
When husband and wife Nexhat and Merita Sheqi founded Rejsi Farma in 1998, the pharmaceutical company was based in a tiny office and had a staff of five people.
Since then, Rejsi Farma has become the leading distributor of pharmaceutical drugs in Albania. It now imports around 500 different pharmaceutical products, has a staff of over 100, and saw turnover reach €31 million in 2018.
“We have such a strong market share because of our founding philosophy to partner with well-known international companies and deliver top-quality pharmaceutical products,” explained Merita Sheqi, co-founder and administrator of the company. “Twenty years ago, this was a challenging feat.”
Each year, the company partners with more global pharmaceutical companies, including Bayer in Germany. Merita Sheqi said international companies work with Rejsi Farma because of its performance, integrity and adherence to both EU regulatory standards and the partner companies’ own internal quality requirements.
“We serve as an example of corporate excellence in Albania, having been the first to voluntarily comply with EU standards,” she explained. “I invite German companies to see with their own eyes that we are an EU company.”
Rejsi Farma’s story is not over yet. Having recently invested in a modern warehouse management system and automating its distribution system, the company aims to continue growing and giving Albanians access to more of the world’s top pharmaceuticals.