$617 million in 2015. $5.5 billion since 2010. Hundreds of thousands of patients helped each year.
These are the recent figures from AstraZeneca’s AZ&Me™ Prescription Savings Programs. In 2015, these programs provided more than $617 million in prescription savings to nearly 286,000 patients in the United States. Since 2010, that number has totaled $5.5 billion. But these numbers pale in comparison to the individual stories from patients who receive help paying for their medicines.
At AstraZeneca, we regularly receive letters from people who are kind enough to share with us what the AZ&Me programs mean to them and their families. Here are a few excerpts:
We know that our medicines are only helpful to patients if they can access them. It is stories like these that inspire us to make great medicines while providing support for patients who need it. That’s why we first launched our prescription savings programs more than 35 years ago.
The programs are designed to help qualifying people without prescription drug coverage, those enrolled in Medicare Part D, those who receive their medications through participating healthcare facilities and those who recently faced a financial challenge – such as loss of employment.
- Individuals without Prescription Drug Coverage: AstraZeneca provides free medicines to qualifying individuals with an annual income at or below $35,000 and families of four with an annual household income at or below $70,000. Certain specialty and oncology medicines are provided free to qualifying individuals with an annual household income up to $100,000 regardless of family size.
- Part D Beneficiaries: AstraZeneca provides free medicines to qualifying Medicare Part D beneficiaries with an annual income at or below $35,000 and couples with an annual household income at or below $48,000.
- Healthcare Facilities: AstraZeneca provides free medicines to qualifying non-profit organizations, such as disproportionate share hospitals, community health centers and community free clinics. This program helps provide medicines to qualifying patients at the time and place of treatment.
Learn more about the AZ&Me Prescription Savings Programs – and whether you are eligible for assistance – here.