DENVER, March 11, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced that it has extended its multi-year agreement with pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), by providing the first-of-its-kind interactive television commercial. Qwest provides AstraZeneca a variety of communications services including Web site design, interactive advertising, and Internet strategic consulting.
The newest technology deployment is a television commercial that allows consumers with interactive TV capabilities to order information about ZOMIG®(zolmitriptan)*, an AstraZeneca migraine medicine, directly through their televisions. Also, Qwest designed, maintains and provides Internet Advertising for the ZOMIG.com Web site, among many other AstraZeneca sites.
?Qwest has been an excellent communications partner for several years because it provides the type of tailored service and innovative ideas that help enhance our business,? said Kristin Williamson, AstraZeneca E-Promotions Manager ?The interactive television commercial for ZOMIG is an example of how Qwest?s expertise have helped ZOMIG achieve its business objectives.?
?AstraZeneca is using technology the right way by developing new applications, such as this new interactive TV commercial, to help drive awareness,? said Shaun Gilmore, executive vice president, Qwest Global Accounts. ?We?re pleased to have such a strong partnership with AstraZeneca, and to continue working with leading businesses in the medical and pharmaceutical industries ? key growth areas in 2002.?
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) is a major international healthcare business engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of ethical (prescription) pharmaceuticals and the supply of healthcare services. It is one of the top five pharmaceutical companies in the world with healthcare sales of $16.4 billion and leading positions in sales of gastrointestinal, oncology, anesthesia (including pain management), cardiovascular, central nervous system (CNS) and respiratory products. In the United States, AstraZeneca is an $8.7 billion healthcare business with more than 10,000 employees.
*ZOMIG®(zolmitriptan) is a registered trademark of AstraZeneca.
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