Dozens of prescription medications are available for free or at a greatly reduced price as part of the Pfizer patient assistance program. The company is committed to assisting as many low income or uninsured patients as possible and tries to provide them the medications they need for their condition.
The amount of assistance provided is quite extensive. While the numbers can change each and every year, there are generally several hundred thousands individuals who are assisted. There are also millions of medications given out to those that qualify each and every year. While some people are given free drugs other patients can save as much as 75% on their total expense, which is a significant discount over the retail price. The exact amount of the discount given will be based on the applicant's income, the medication needed, pharmacy involved in the transaction, and other factors.
There are many criteria that need to be met. Of course this form of support is only for low to moderate income families that can't otherwise pay for the prescription drugs they need. That is the first criteria to receiving any type of help from the company. In addition the applicant can't have health insurance that will pay for some or all of the medication.
After those conditions have been met, the three categories of support are for the privately insured, people that lack health insurance, and families that are on some form of public aid, such as Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, or another benefit. So these are the groups of patients that can help helped by Pfizer.
Patients applying for assistance also need to live in the United States. They also need to be under the care of a medical professional, such as a doctor or nurse practitioner. Or they can be under care at a hospital. The point being is that there needs to be a diagnose from a medical professional and also a valid prescription issued by the professional.
After an individual has applied, and has been approved into the Pfizer patient assistance program, they will then be given the medication they need. The drugs can be disbursed at the doctor's office or a hospital. Pfizer also partners with national pharmaceutical chains as well as some mail delivery services. So the program is flexible in how the medications are given to the client.
The list below is for the free prescription medications. The dosage will vary and the list can increase or decrease over time.
AROMASIN (exemestane tablets)
ARTHROTEC (diclofenac sodium/misoprostol)
BENEFIX (coagulation factor IX (recombinant))
CADUET (amlodipine besylate/atorvastatin calcium)
CAMPTOSAR (irinotecan HCl injection)
CAVERJECT (alprostadil for injection)
CELEBREX (celecoxib capsules)
CELONTIN (methsuximide capsules)
DEPO-ESTRADIOL (estradiol cypionate injection)
DEPO-PROVERA (medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension)
DEPO-SUBQ PROVERA 104 (medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension 104mg/0.65mL)
DETROL (tolterodine tartrate)
DETROL LA (tolterodine tartrate extended release capsules)
DILANTIN (extended phenytoin sodium capsules)
DUAVEE (conjugated estrogens/bazedoxifene)
EFFEXOR XR (venlafaxine hydrochloride)
ELELYSO (taliglucerase alfa)
ELLENCE (epirubicin hydrochloride injection)
EMCYT (estramustine phosphate sodium capsules)
ESTRING (estradiol vaginal ring)
FLECTOR PATCH (diclofenac epolamine topical patch)
FRAGMIN (dalteparin sodium) for Injection
GENOTROPIN (somatropin [rDNA origin] for injection)
HEPARIN (sodium injection)
IDAMYCIN PFS (idarubicin hydrochloride for injection)
MENEST (esterified estrogens)
NORPACE (disopyramide phosphate)
PHOSPHOLINE IODIDE (echothiophate iodide) for Ophthalmic Solution
PREMARIN (conjugated estrogens)
PREMARIN (conjugated estrogens)
PREMPHASE (conjugated estrogens plus medroxyprogesterone acetate tablets)
PREMPRO (conjugated estrogens/ medroxyprogesterone acetate tablets)
PREVNAR 13 (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine [Diphtheria CRM197 Protein])
PROCARDIA XL (nifedipine)
QUILLICHEW ER (methylphenidate hydrochloride)
QUILLIVANT XR (methylphenidate hydrochloride)
RELPAX (eletriptan HBr)
SUTENT (sunitinib malate)
SYNAREL (nafarelin acetate)
TOVIAZ (fesoterodine fumarate)
TRECATOR (ethionamide tablets)
VIAGRA (sildenafil citrate)
XYNTHA (antihemophilic factor (recombinant), plasma/albumin-free)
ZINECARD (dexrazoxane for injection)
As noted, Pfizer can also provide discounts. They can range from about 20% to 75% for qualified families. The list of prescriptions that may be included are as follows.
ACCUPRIL (quinapril HCl)
ACCURETIC (quinapril HCl/hydrochlorothiazide)
ATGAM (lymphocyte immune globulin, anti-thymocyte globulin [equine] sterile solution)
BACITRACIN (for Injection)
CALAN (verapamil hydrochloride)
CARDURA (doxazosin mesylate)
COLESTID (micronized colestipol hydrochloride)
CORTEF (hydrocortisone tablets)
CORVERT (ibutilide fumarate injection)
CYKLOKAPRON (tranexamic acid injection)
CYTOMEL (liothyronine sodium)
DEPO-MEDROL (methylprednisolone acetate injectable suspension)
DEPO-TESTOSTERONE (testosterone cypionate injection)
EMBEDA (morphine sulfate and naltrexone hydrochloride)
GEODON (ziprasidone HCL)
GLYNASE PRESTAB (micronized glyburide)
HEMABATE (carboprost tromethamine)
LEVOXYL (levothyroxine sodium tablets)
LIPITOR (atorvastatin calcium)
LOMOTIL (diphenoxylate hydrochloride/atropine sulfate)
NARDIL (phenelzine sulfate)
NORVASC (amlodipine besylate)
PFIZERPEN (penicillin G potassium)
PROTONIX (pantoprazole sodium)
PROVERA (medroxyprogesterone acetate)
R-GENE 10 (arginine hydrochloride injection)
VISTARIL (hydroxyzine pamoate)
ZMAX (azithromycin extended release)
ZOLOFT (sertraline HCL)
The drug company helps families in other ways as well. Their patient assistance program will help patients sign up for public assistance (Medicaid, etc). They also have information on dozens of local and national non-profits that may also help patients pay for medications, and those resources include co-pay foundations and others. They can even appeal claims with the proper organizations.
Pfizer has greatly increased both the types and amounts of free medications that they are providing to those who are unemployed and need help. They also support cancer patients as well as households that are enrolled into Medicaid. The MAINTAIN (Medicines Assistance for Those who Are In Need) was created to provide free prescription medications to those who have lost their jobs or who had a substantial reduction in their income. Continue.
Another patient assistance program is known as Pfizer Pfriends. This focuses on patients that lack health insurance or maybe their plan does not have strong prescription drug coverage. Thousands of pharmacies across the nation participate and consumers can receive potentially up to 40% savings on the medicines they need. As with all of these other programs, there is no cost to sign up for this discount, but conditions will need to be met. Read Pfizer Pfriends discounts.
For more information on the patient assistance program offered by Pfizer, dial 1-844-989-7284 or call 1-866-706-2400.
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