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Pfizer Offers Free Drugs For The Jobless

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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
brands.

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
it.

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.


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