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

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

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WILMINGTON, Del. -- March 19, 2014

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 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.


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
  *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
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