AstraZeneca Launches NEXIUM® (Esomeprazole Magnesium) Direct-to-Patient Program

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WILMINGTON, Del.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) today launched NEXIUM Direct, a program that provides eligible patients the option of having brand-name NEXIUM delivered directly to their home. NEXIUM Direct is part of AstraZeneca Direct, a web-based offering that delivers select brand name prescription medications from AstraZeneca directly to a person’s home. The medications are dispensed by a team of registered pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians available through a collaboration with Eagle Pharmacy, a trusted pharmacy partner.

“Today, people are taking a more active, participatory role in their healthcare. With this in mind, AstraZeneca has created NEXIUM Direct, giving patients and prescribers a choice when it comes to how they receive branded NEXIUM from AstraZeneca,” said Linda Palczuk, Vice President, Cornerstone and Commercial Excellence. “NEXIUM has been a treatment option for acid reflux disease for over 13 years, with more than 236 million prescriptions written. We’re proud to offer patients and prescribers another way to receive this important treatment.”

Enrollment in NEXIUM Direct is easy. There are no coupons or co-pay cards required; all a patient needs is a valid prescription from a physician. Patients simply go to www.purplepill.com and click on the NEXIUM Direct link to complete the online enrollment form and provide a valid prescription for NEXIUM. During and after enrollment, patients will have access to a 24-hour support center to contact via email or phone if they have questions, the opportunity to request auto refills, and free home delivery.

About AstraZeneca Direct

AstraZeneca Direct is a web-based offering that delivers select brand name prescription medications—including NEXIUM® (esomeprazole magnesium).

AstraZeneca Direct is about choice and convenience. It’s about giving patients the option to have a 30- or 90-day supply of the branded prescription product they were prescribed by their doctor delivered to their door with free shipping. AstraZeneca Direct gives those patients who are interested in buying their medicines online the option to do so from the original manufacturer.

We recognize that patients need more than just access to brand name prescription medications from the original manufacturer. That’s why, through AstraZeneca Direct, patients have the opportunity to request automatic refills and access to a 24-hour call center to help them stay on the medication and manage their condition.

About NEXIUM

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common chronic illnesses in the United States today, affecting more than 60 million Americans. For many, NEXIUM helps provide relief for patients who experience persistent heartburn caused by acid reflux disease. NEXIUM can also heal possible damage to the esophagus that may be caused over time by acid reflux disease. Most erosions heal in 4 to 8 weeks. Individual results may vary.

Important Safety Information About NEXIUM® (esomeprazole magnesium)

  • Symptom relief does not rule out the presence of other serious stomach conditions
  • NEXIUM may increase your risk of getting severe diarrhea. Call your doctor right away if you have watery stool, stomach pain and fever that does not go away
  • Talk to your doctor about your risk for:
    • bone fractures if you take multiple daily doses of NEXIUM for a long period of time
    • low magnesium levels if you take NEXIUM for a long period of time
  • Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, prescription and non-prescription drugs, including clopidogrel, vitamins and herbal supplements. NEXIUM may affect how other medicines work and other medicines may affect how NEXIUM works.
  • The most common side effects with NEXIUM include headache, diarrhea, and abdominal pain

Please see Prescribing Information.

Please see Medication Guide.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases. AstraZeneca operates in over 100 countries and its innovative medicines are used by millions of patients worldwide. For more information please visit: www.astrazeneca.com.

2962011 Last Updated 3/14

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