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AstraZeneca Gives $1.5 million to Support North Carolina Worksite Wellness Project
Date:2/6/2008

Donation Supports Three-Year Program to Increase Healthy Lifestyles at N.C.

Department of Transportation

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- AstraZeneca L.P. today expanded its commitment to building healthy lifestyles in North Carolina by making a $1.5 million charitable donation to N.C. Prevention Partners. The donation, secured by the North Carolina State Health Plan, will fund for three years a comprehensive worksite wellness program available to employees at the N.C. Department of Transportation (N.C. DOT).

"We are delighted to make this contribution to N.C. Prevention Partners to fund a program that will empower N.C. DOT employees to embrace healthier living," said Michael Draine, National Sales Director for Managed Markets at AstraZeneca. "This program is exemplary of AstraZeneca's commitment to helping communities across the nation -- and worldwide -- promote health and healthy behaviors."

The new program, called the N.C. Department of Transportation Wellness Initiative, will allow the State Health Plan and its partners to measure the effect of a comprehensive worksite wellness program on lifestyle and health behaviors of its members and on employment-related outcomes. N.C. Prevention Partners, a statewide non-profit organization, will administer the funds and provide program oversight.

Seventy percent of the State Health Plan's medical and pharmacy claims costs are attributed to mostly preventable diseases related to poor nutrition, obesity, lack of exercise, tobacco use and unmanaged stress. The new Wellness Initiative is intended to counter these behaviors through education and interventions with participating DOT employees.

"We are pleased to be a part of this project that I believe will make a positive and meaningful impact on employees' health outcomes," said George C. Stokes, executive administrator of the State Health Plan. "We look forward to helping the N.C. DOT build a culture of wellness and foster a healthier, more productive workforce."

For nearly a decade, AstraZeneca has supported services in North Carolina intended to improve health and patient care. Beginning with the Carolina Community Care program in 1998, AstraZeneca has helped North Carolina residents with prescription savings programs, health management tools and other initiatives to support better health outcomes. In addition to its work in North Carolina, AstraZeneca supports health and wellness initiatives nationwide.

About AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca is a major international healthcare business engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of prescription pharmaceuticals and the supply of healthcare services. It is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies with healthcare sales of $26.47 billion and leading positions in sales of gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, neuroscience, respiratory, oncology and infection products. AstraZeneca is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (Global) as well as the FTSE4Good Index.

In the United States, AstraZeneca is a $12.44 billion healthcare business with more than 12,000 employees. For nearly three decades, AstraZeneca has offered drug assistance programs side by side with its medicines, and over the past five years, has provided over $3 billion in savings to more than 1 million patients throughout the US and Puerto Rico. AstraZeneca has been named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine and is the only large pharmaceutical company named to FORTUNE magazine's 2007 list of "100 Best Companies to Work For." In 2006, for the fifth consecutive year, Science magazine named AstraZeneca a "Top Employer" on its ranking of the world's most respected biopharmaceutical employers.

For more information about AstraZeneca, please visit: http://www.astrazeneca-us.com

Media Contact:

Christa Peisinger

AstraZeneca

302-886-1013


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