NEXIUM® Prescription Benefit cards now made available online at nexiumsupport.ca
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HALIFAX, Sept. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian pharmaceutical company,
AstraZeneca Canada Inc., has introduced a new NEXIUM® Patient Support program designed to give physicians and pharmacists the
ability to take cost out of the equation in the patient's choice
between NEXIUM® tablets and a generic esomeprazole product.
A prescription benefit program was implemented after a generic
esomeprazole product was introduced into the Canadian market. Now,
instead of patients being switched onto the generic product solely
because of price differential, physicians and pharmacists can provide
them with a prescription benefit smart card to bridge the financial gap
and allow the choice to be made on what is right for the patient. To
provide the broadest form of access to the program, a NEXIUM® website, www.nexiumsupport.ca, has been created to make electronic cards available for physicians and
pharmacists to download and provide to patients.
Coincident with the prescription benefit program, AstraZeneca introduced
an alternative sampling program, also based on STI's SmartTechnology
platform. With this solution, new patients being initiated on NEXIUM® tablets are provided with a sample smart card by their physician, which
they present at their local retail pharmacy along with their
prescription. New patients then have the choice of continuing on with
NEXIUM® tablets through the prescription benefit program.
The alternative sample and prescription benefit programs are currently
available in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.
For questions or more information on the NEXIUM® Patient Support Programs please contact STI customer service by phone
at 1-877-790-1991 ext. 2061 or ext. 2063.
STI (www.smartsti.com) is a Halifax, N.S. based company that provides innovative healthcare
marketing solutions across the lifecycle of pharmaceutical and device
brands, using its SmartTechnology platform as the source of real-time
transactional intelligence to allow all stakeholders - manufacturer,
pharmacy, prescriber, and payer - to optimize their patient
About AstraZeneca Canada
AstraZeneca is committed to the research, development and manufacturing
of valuable prescription medicines. We have an extensive product
portfolio spanning six therapeutic areas: gastrointestinal,
cardiovascular, infection, neuroscience, oncology and respiratory.
AstraZeneca's Canadian headquarters are located in Mississauga,
Ontario, and a state-of-the art drug discovery centre is based in
Montreal, Quebec. For more information, please visit the company's
website at www.astrazeneca.ca.
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For further information:
Mary Jane Leslie, Marketing Associate, STI