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Prescription assistance from AstraZeneca.

There are four main programs offered by AstraZeneca for people who can’t afford to buy prescription medications on their own. A focus is on individuals who are enrolled into Medicare Part D, patients with no (or very limited) health insurance, and individuals who have been faced with an unexpected financial hardship or emergency. There is also a Co-Pay Support service for Specialty Care Products, and more information on that is below.

The name given to these patient assistance programs is AZ&Me. In all cases the largest discounts on prescription drugs will be given to those applicants with the lowest incomes. AstraZeneca is committed to helping as many people as possible pay for any medications that they may need.

Each program does have conditions that need to be met by applicants; however the service itself is free to those who qualify. While the conditions may vary or change based on various circumstances, in general the following need to be met. Some of those conditions include the following:

Applicants need to of course have been prescribed and are taking an AstraZeneca medicine, and the covered medications are below. Note the list is always changing, and other medications may also be given for free or at a reduced rate. Assistance is only provided for medications for this drug manufacturer and it does not cover competitors.

Patients need to have a Green Card, Social Security number or by a Work Visa holder. There is help for both immigrants as well as United States citizens.

Many people who benefit from the patient assistance program have experienced some type of life changing event or hardship. This often includes such events as loss of, or change in, prescription drug insurance coverage, substantial change in income, job loss or reduction in hours, change in number of people in the household, or divorce or change in marital status.

In all these cases the person seeking help from AstraZeneca also needs to have a limited income; so they can’t be able to pay for the medications on their own. This needs to be proven and supported by necessary financial documentation that will be requested and required when someone applies.





The free medication programs are free to sign up for, if you meet qualifications which are listed above. The program only runs for one year, at which a client will need to reapply if qualified. In addition, if the person’s financial situation were to change during those 12 months, they should notify AstraZeneca of that. Otherwise the company may end the program and also request reimbursement from the patient.

There are several ways to obtain AstraZeneca medications as part of their AZ&Me service. They can be mailed to the patient’s home or physician’s office. This is often very beneficial for senior citizens who are on Medicare Part D. Another option is that the physician, patient, or caregiver can request refills for the individual.

Another option is the AstraZeneca Co-Pay Support for Specialty Care Products program. The phone number is 844-275-2360. This service will give the patient direct financial aid for paying for the co-pay portion of the medical bill that is due, if the patient’s current health insurance plan does not cover the prescription drug. So while there will not be free medications given, it it still another form of assistance.

AstraZeneca that are covered from patient assistance programs

The listing below is a sampling of what AZ&Me can provide a low income patient or a family without health insurance. This list of medications can (and often will) change over time. It is recommended to call the company for the latest information.

ACCOLATE (zafirlukast) Tablets of 10 mg or 20 mg, Respiratory
ARIMIDEX (anastrozole) Tablets 1 mg Oncology
ATACAND (candesartan cilexetil) - Sizes include 4 mg, 8 mg, 16 mg, 32 mg, and are for Cardiovascular and Metabolic
ATACAND HCT (candesartan cilexetil-hydrochlorothiazide) -16/12.5 mg, 32/12.5 mg, 32/25 mg, Cardiovascular and Metabolic
BRILINTA (ticagrelor) – Tablets are covered. 90 mg Cardiovascular and Metabolic
CRESTOR (rosuvastatin calcium) – Sizes 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg. Cardiovascular and Metabolic
FASLODEX (fulvestrant) Injection 5.0 (2x5.0 ml) Oncology
MERREM I.V. (meropenem for injection) -.5 g/20 ml, 1 g/30 ml, Infection




NEXIUM (esomeprazole magnesium) – Gastrointestinal needs. Sizes are 20 mg, 40 mg
NEXIUM (esomeprazole magnesium) – Used for Oral Suspension, 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg, Gastrointestinal
NEXIUM I.V. (esomeprazole sodium) - Injection*, 20 mg, 40 mg, Gastrointestinal
PULMICORT FLEXHALER - (budesonide inhalation powder, 90 mcg & 180 mcg) 90 mcg, 180 mcg, Respiratory
PULMICORT RESPULES (budesonide inhalation suspension), 0.25 mg/2 ml, 0.5 mg/2 ml, 1 mg/2 ml, Respiratory
RHINOCORT AQUA (budesonide) - Nasal Spray, 32 mcg, Respiratory
SEROQUEL (quetiapine fumarate) - 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg, Neuroscience
SEROQUEL XR (quetiapine fumarate) – Doses are 50 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg, Neuroscience
SYMBICORT (budesonide/formoterol fumarate dihydrate) - 80/4.5 mcg, 160/4.5 mcg, Respiratory
TOPROL-XL (metoprolol succinate) - 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg, 200 mg, Cardiovascular and Metabolic
VIMOVO (naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium) - Delayed-Release Tablets can be provided by AstraZeneca. 375/20 mg, 500/20 mg, Neuroscience
ZOMIG-ZMT (zolmitriptan) - Orally Disintegrating Tablets, 2.5 mg, 5.0 mg, Neuroscience
ZOMIG (zolmitriptan) - Nasal Spray, 5 mg, Neuroscience
ZOMIG (zolmitriptan) – These are tablets by AstraZeneca, 2.5 mg, 5.0 mg, Neuroscience
ZOLADEX (goserelin acetate implant) - 3.6 mg 1-month Depot, Oncology
ZOLADEX (goserelin acetate implant) - 10.8 mg 3-month, Depot Oncology

Dial 1-800-292-6362 to get more information about the AstraZeneca prescription assistance programs.




By Jon McNamara

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