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MAINTAIN Program Offers Free Arthritis Drugs to Eligible Unemployed Americans

By May 19, 2009

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Many of us know someone who has lost their job. Every day in the news there are stories about companies closing, rising unemployment statistics, people losing health insurance and their homes to foreclosure, and some who are unable to buy food or medicine. But there are also stories of companies and individuals who are trying to help those who have been most affected.

Pfizer employees who were witnessing friends, family, and neighbors struggle to make ends meet after losing their jobs were motivated to do something to help too. The employees proposed the idea for the MAINTAIN (Medicines Assistance for Those who Are in Need) program to the company’s senior leadership team within the last month. The employees were willing to donate their own money towards the program. The idea was considered a winner. According to Pfizer, "the program, which applies regardless of prior family income, will be open for enrollment through December 31, 2009 and applies to eligible Americans who have become unemployed since January 1, 2009. It is designed to help recently unemployed Americans and their families who have lost their insurance and who are taking Pfizer medicines to continue treatment for free for up to one year."

More than 70 Pfizer primary care medicines, which are used to treat various conditions, will be available through the program. For more specific eligibility information, call 1-866-706-2400 or fill out this application.

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