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In 2015, AstraZeneca Health Connections told dozens of stories about our business, our medicines, patients and our role in the community. We took you from scientific conferences to Machu Picchu, to programs and initiatives we support across the United States. We hope each story helped you learn a little bit more about AstraZeneca as a business – and how we view our role in the healthcare system.
As the year winds to a close, join us in taking a look back at some of our favorite posts from the last 12 months:
Our most popular post in 2015 was about one of AstraZeneca’s most popular programs: The AZ&Me Prescription Savings Programs, which in 2014 helped nearly 383,000 patients in the United States save more than $670 million on AstraZeneca medicines.
This suite of programs is designed to help qualifying people without insurance, those enrolled in Medicare Part D, those who receive their medications through participating health care facilities and those who have faced a financial challenge recently.
For Mother’s Day, AstraZeneca U.S. President Paul Hudson took a look at how personalized healthcare presents a golden opportunity to significantly improve women’s health – notably among ovarian, breast and lung cancer patients. The promise of personalized healthcare is clear: It can enable doctors to more quickly identify which treatments will be most effective for individual patients based on their genetic makeup. Personalized healthcare means we can identify when a potential treatment requires an individualized strategy at an early stage and develop an integrated diagnostic plan. This helps get the right treatments to the right patients at the right times – even faster.
In April, we brought you the moving story of AstraZeneca employee Kelly Donato, who hiked Machu Picchu in Peru on her 10th anniversary of being cancer free. Donato joined 30 other cancer survivors for the trek organized by the group Above and Beyond Cancer, a non-profit organization based in Des Moines, Iowa, that organizes annual transformation journeys that unite a group of individuals affected by cancer for trips around the world to complete challenging hikes, including Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest Base Camp.
For World Heart Day, we published a guest post from John Clymer, the executive director of the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention to promote a new initiative designed to educate communities on how to live healthier lives. The AstraZeneca “Make Your Move Across America” initiative, a national cholesterol education campaign that offers free cholesterol screenings to adults 18 and older in select cities across the country, is an activity we were proud to be a part of this World Heart Day. Make Your Move Across America provides adults an opportunity to learn their cholesterol numbers and how to work with their doctor to manage them if necessary, which are critical components to reducing a person’s risk for heart disease and stroke.
During Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, we discussed the potential of personalized healthcare as it pertains to lung cancer, which causes the most cancer deaths worldwide.
Because we now know that not every case of lung cancer is the same, we know that we can no longer treat the disease as a whole in the same way for everybody. Patients have different genetic mutations, some of which develop resistance to certain types of therapies and treatments. At AstraZeneca, we’re working to understand why resistance emerges to certain therapies so that we can design improvements in the drugs we use to overcome those mechanisms of resistance.
Thank you all for reading in 2015, and we look forward to sharing more with you in 2016!