STAMFORD, Conn., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —
AmeriCares and AstraZeneca have teamed to deliver critical
medicines to help people living with chronic diseases throughout
the United States. AstraZeneca has donated $5 million in
cardiovascular and gastrointestinal medications to AmeriCares in
support of its Domestic Medical Assistance Program. The
program delivers donated medicines and medical supplies to a
network of more than 300 clinics treating the uninsured and
underinsured. Through the AstraZeneca donation, AmeriCares
will be able to deliver prescription medications to more than 100
clinics across 38 states.
“AmeriCares delivery of medical assistance has tripled in just
the past two years alone,” said Adam Zayan, M.D., vice president of
programs at AmeriCares. “With clinics struggling to meet rising
demands, this donation from AstraZeneca is crucial to helping
people living with chronic diseases. We are so grateful to
AstraZeneca for partnering with us so we can increase access to
these vital medicines and help restore health to so many people in
need throughout the country.”
By working together, AmeriCares and AstraZeneca will help
clinics across the United States treat patients suffering from
chronic health conditions, including acid reflux, hypertension,
high cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases, as well as helping to
reduce complications stemming from diabetes. Since 2003,
AstraZeneca donated essential medicines to AmeriCares valued at
more than $63 million.
“Our medicines can only be effective if people have access to
them, so these programs are essential,” said Jennifer McGovern,
director, patient assistance programs, AstraZeneca.
AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief
organization which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to
people in need around the world and across the United States.
Since it was established in 1982, Ameri