May 14, 2009
Pfizer says it will provide 70 of its most widely prescribed prescription drugs -- including Lipitor and Viagra -- for free to people who have lost their jobs and health insurance.
The world's biggest drugmaker says it will give away the
medicines for up to a year to Americans who have lost jobs since
Jan. 1 and have been on the Pfizer drug for three months or more.
The program could help keep those patients loyal to Pfizer
Officials for New York-based Pfizer said they don't know how
much the program will cost and haven't put a cap on spending for
Applicants will have to sign a statement that they are suffering
financial hardship and provide a "pink slip" or similar employer
notice. Applications will be accepted through Dec. 31, with
medication provided for up to 12 months after approval -- or until
the person becomes insured again.
Starting today, patients can call a toll-free number,
866-706-2400, to sign up.