Help when a hurricane strikes

Helping people maintain access to their medicines and receive medical and humanitarian aid are among the most pressing priorities in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

We collaborate with several different organizations year-round to prepare for disasters such as this and encourage those who need assistance getting their medicines or who have other health-related needs to take advantage of the help they can offer.

Access to medicines, medical and humanitarian aid

As noted here, AstraZeneca works with partners such as AmeriCares and Direct Relief International to help get our medicines along with humanitarian aid to patients who have been struck by disaster. Both organizations have disaster relief teams working with local clinics and pharmacies to assess the need and provide aid.

Through our participation in the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), AstraZeneca supports RxResponse. Rx Response provides a number of tools and resources designed to help communicate information and support the bio-pharmaceutical supply chain during a public health emergency. These include a pharmacy status reporting tool that helps state emergency management officials and the general public identify open pharmacies in their local area during a public health emergency.

AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program

The AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program has policies in place to help patients maintain a consistent supply of their AstraZeneca medicine while they are managing through this kind of crisis.

Here, Jennifer McGovern, Director of the AZ&Me Prescription Savings Program, explains what patients and health care providers need to know about receiving medicines through our program in the wake of natural disasters such as Sandy.