Pfizer MAINTAIN Provides Free Prescriptions to Unemployed

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Last spring I told you about Pfizer’s prescription drug program to help the unemployed. It was slated to expire December 31, 2009, but has been extended through the end of 2010. This program offers up to a one-year supply of participating prescriptions to the unemployed and their immediate family members who:

— Have become unemployed since January 1, 2009, and

— Were prescribed and have been taking a Pfizer medicine for at least 3 months prior to becoming unemployed and enrolling in the program, and

— Have no prescription coverage

You must complete an application (application forms available on Pfizer’s website) and if approved into the program you’ll receive a 90-day supply of your medication sent directly to your home. The medication will be refilled up to one year, or until you becomes insured, when the patient requests it by calling  1-866-578-4995. Looks like at least 35 different medications are covered in this program.

To apply for this program do the following:

— Complete the one-page Pfizer MAINTAIN application form

— Submit the application along with proof of unemployment to Pfizer

It takes 2-3 weeks for them to determine your eligibility for the Pfizer MAINTAIN program. Check out Pfizer’s website for complete details or call their customer service department at 1-866-706-2400.

Your turn: Do you know of other deals and offers available exclusively for the unemployed?


  1. Bernice says

    Another good site that lists several types of prescription help programs, not just for the unemployed, is Prescription Assistance Program

    Talk with your clinic/doctor about local programs, lower cost alternatives (maybe swap out to a med that is on the low cost list at Walmart), or if they can provide samples.

  2. Anne says

    It's a great program. Unfortunately i am un- employed and have no drug coverage but all of my prescriptions are generic's. When you see the Pharmacy discount cards don't bother, they end up costing more with the "discount" card.

  3. Annette says

    My husband & I will soon be unemployed since our place of work will be closing soon. We are very fortunate that we do not have to take any maintenance medications but we work with several people who do. I am printing off this post to share at work on Monday. If any of you know of any other prescription programs, please post them so I can pass them on. Thanks everyone!

  4. says

    Someone left this comment on another post and I thought I'd share it here:

    "For those in the northern Minneapolis/St Paul metro area – Caryl and Co. in North Branch gives free haircuts on Tuesdays to job seekers."

  5. MyView says

    @Annette: In NC I found help through the Public Health dept. They have clinics that are on a sliding scale and will provide samples and fill out paperwork for the prescription drug assistance programs. Also they have a crisis center for mental health and provide short term therapy and medication management for mental health issues (again filling out the paperwork for prescription assistance and providing low cost/no cost medication).

    I have also found the discount cards useless except free ones that might be included as benefits to your auto insurance policy, warehouse membership, etc. and TogetherRx

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