By Earl Whipple
Today AstraZeneca announced total patient savings and prescriptions provided through its AZ&Me™ patient assistance program. In 2009, the AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings Program helped 507,475 patients fill 3.8 million prescriptions in the United States last year resulting in $769.6 million in savings to these patients. These numbers represented a 13% increase in patients benefitting from AZ&Me™ than in 2008.
The rise in patients is not all surprising – AstraZeneca’s US President Rich Fante stated the “last year was particularly difficult for many Americans who faced tough economic conditions.”
AstraZeneca expanded its prescription savings program last year to extend assistance to qualifying patients who recently lost their jobs, had their incomes reduced, or experienced a change in marital status or family size.
The AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings programs provide free medicines to patients in three ways:
1. To qualifying individuals without prescription drug coverage who make up to $30,000 per year and families of four with $60,000 annual household income.
2. To qualifying Medicare Part D patients who make up to $30,000 per year or couples who make up to $40,000 per year.
3. To qualifying non-profit organizations, such as disproportionate share hospitals, community health centers and community free clinics. This program connects patients to the medicines they need at the same time and place they receive their treatment.
At AstraZeneca, we know that no matter how effective our medicines may be, our medicines can’t help patients if they cannot afford them. If you or somebody you know is in need of assistance, please visit www.AZandMe.com or call 1-800-AzandMe to see if you qualify.
Program specialists are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST. Other companies also offer prescription savings programs and to find out more about these programs, please visit www.pparx.org or call 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).We encourage our readers to share the news about these programs and help raise awareness among people who may be in need of help.