New Enhancements To AstraZeneca’s Medicare Part D Patient Assistance Program

By Earl Whipple

At AstraZeneca, we know the most important step we can take to improve healthcare is to continue building a pipeline of valued medicines that make a meaningful difference in patients’ lives.  But as I said on a previous post AstraZeneca believes that healthcare isn’t just about treatment. It is also about affordability, access, prevention, and solving chronic problems. AstraZeneca made an important announcement today to help seniors on Medicare Part D have easier access to our medicines.

We know that no matter how effective our medicines may be, our medicines can’t help patients if they cannot afford them. That’s why for more than 30 years, we have offered patient assistance programs to help people afford our medications. Today, we announced that patients enrolled in our AZ&Me Prescription Savings program for people with Medicare Part D will no longer pay co-pays for their medicines in this program. Effective January 1, 2010 prescriptions will also now be mailed to these patients’ homes or physician’s offices rather than retail pharmacies. The elimination of a co-pay will save approximately 30,000 of our patients enrolled in the program a total of $3 million each year and eliminate the need to travel to a retail pharmacy.

In addition to our assistance program for people with Medicare Part D, we also offer other AZ&Me Prescription Savings Programs for individuals without insurance and one for healthcare facilities. 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 9a.m. and 5p.m. EST. Other companies also offer prescription savings programs and to find out more about these programs covering 2,500 medications, 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. In addition, we are interested in any feedback you may have regarding these changes.