Pfizer Extends Program that Gives Prescription Medications Through 2010

December 10, 2009

Drugmaker Pfizer Inc. said Thursday it will extend for another year a program that provides free prescription medications to people who have lost their jobs.

The world’s largest drugmaker also said it will add drugs from former rival Wyeth, which Pfizer purchased for $68 billion. The program will be extended through Dec. 31, 2010.

Pfizer said in May it would give away more than 70 of its most widely prescribed drugs for up to a year to people who have lost jobs since Jan. 1 and have been taking the drug for three months or more.

Drugs covered in the program include some of Pfizer’s top money makers, from cholesterol fighter Lipitor and painkiller Celebrex to fibromyalgia treatment Lyrica and Viagra for impotence. More…