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Pfizer patient assistance programs provide prescription assistance to those who do not have prescription drug coverage, offering free or discounted medicines to qualifying individuals. These programs are available through Pfizer Helpful Answers, a family of programs dedicated to helping patients save on their Pfizer medications. 
Pfizer patient assistance programs provide free Pfizer medications through doctors and community health organizations, and also provide support directly to patients through reimbursement. Coverage is available for a wide variety of drugs, including Caduet®, Celebrex®, Chantix®, Depo-Provera®, Flagyl®, Zoloft®, Viagra®, Norvasc®, and Pristiq®
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|Headquarters||New York City|
|Available programs||Connection To Care®, MAINTAIN™, Pfizer Pfriends®, RSVP, First Resource®, The Pfizer Bridge Program®, Sharing the Care™, and Pfizer Hospital Partnership Program|
|Eligibility for Pfizer Patient Assistance Programs||Varies by program; all applicants must live in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands|
|Benefits||Free or discounted medication for up to a year|
|Disclaimer||The information provided by PharmacyDrugGuide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not take any action based on the information on this page without consulting a physician.|
Pfizer, Inc. is an international pharmaceutical and research company, offering prescription medications that include Lipitor®, Zoloft®, Celebrex®, Effexor®, Spiriva®, Viagra®, and more. Founded in 1849 and still based out of New York City, the pharmaceutical company specializes in the discovery, development, and manufacturing of medicines for people and animals.
Pfizer was founded in 1849 by two cousins, Charles Erhart and Charles Pfizer. Since its inception, the company has been involved in the creation of several widely used drugs such as penicillin. Along with its drug manufacturing arm, Pfizer also conducts clinical trials to test the effectiveness of new drug treatments. The company spends over $7 billion each year on drug research and development.
About Patient Assistance Programs
About Pfizer Patient Assistance Programs
Pfizer, Inc. offers eight different patient assistance programs through Pfizer Helpful Answers. These programs provide free or discounted medicines to qualified patients, including the uninsured and the unemployed.
Regardless of the program, all patients must live in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other qualifications that are examined for specific programs relate to insurance coverage, income level, and current employment situation. Most free medication programs are only available to those without insurance that also meet the income guidelines for the Federal Poverty Level. The main programs provided by Pfizer include:
- "Connection to Care®": Open to patients with no insurance (or those eligible for hardship assistance) who earn up to $21,660 for singles, up to $51,580 for a family of five, and a sliding scale for other family sizes.
- "Pfizer Maintain": Open to the unemployed and uninsured who have lost their jobs as of January 1, 2009 or later.
- "Pfizer Pfriends®": A drug savings card available for patients with no prescription drug coverage.
- "RSVP": The Reimbursement Solutions, Verification, and Payment HELPline, which reimburses patients who can't afford their coinsurance payments or those who have been denied drug coverage.
- "First Resource®": Support with reimbursement and patient assistance for oncology medications for cancer patients.
The official Pfizer website offers more detailed information on individual programs. Patients can also download a patient assistance application there, which must be filled out by both the patient and their doctor before submitting it back to Pfizer. Patients who do not want to download the application can have it faxed or sent by standard mail. Requests can be made by calling 866-706-2400.
Pfizer also operates or participates in other patient assistance programs that offer discounted medications or medical services. These include the following:
- "Pfizer Bridge Program®" - Offers medical reimbursement for the cost of either Genotropin® or Somavert®, both medications manufactured by Pfizer.
- "Sharing the Care®" - Provides free medical services and care through community health centers and local hospitals for uninsured patients who meet the program requirements.
Select Pfizer medications are also covered by the "Together RX Access" card and the "Partnership for Prescription Assistance". To qualify for benefits, patients must meet the guidelines for each program and then check if their specific medication is covered under these plans.
Also See: Patient Assistance Programs, Sanofi Patient Assistance Programs, Merck Patient Assistance Programs, Celebrex Patient Assistance Programs, Lipitor Patient Assistance Programs, Zoloft Patient Assistance Programs