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Pfizer gives away drugs to the unemployed

Friday 12 June 2009

PfizerKaisernetwork.org reports that Pfizer is giving away a range of its prescription medications – including the Fibromyalgia drug Lyrica – to anyone who have been unemployed since 1 January 2009:

Pfizer To Give Away 70 of Its Most Widely Prescribed Drugs To Those Who Lost Jobs [May 15, 2009]

Pfizer on Thursday announced a new program that would provide some of its existing customers access to more than 70 types of medications at no cost if they have recently been laid off or lost their prescription drug coverage, USA Today reports. The program – called MAINTAIN, or Medicines Assistance for Those who Are in Need – will begin July 1.

To receive the drugs, individuals must show that they have been unemployed since Jan. 1 and that they no longer have prescription drug insurance. They also must prove that they cannot pay for their medications and that they were taking a medication listed under the program for at least three months prior to losing their jobs. Those who meet the eligibility requirements would receive their medications at no cost for up to one year, or until they have insurance coverage. Pfizer will accept applications through Dec. 31.

Unfortunately, it appears that the offer is available only to those in the US.

The full article can be found here.

The news of Pfizer's offer has also been reported here, but with some deeper analysis.

 


 

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