By: Daniel Trecroci
Low-income senior citizens can buy a 30-day supply of Pfizer prescription medicines for $15 per prescription using the Pfizer Share Card, the drug manufacturer announced on January 15. Beginning March 1, the new card will cover more than 80 Pfizer medicines, including drugs for diabetes. Pfizer said the program will last until the government designs a longer-term solution.
The card can be used at retail pharmacies and is available to Medicare recipients who have an annual gross income below $18,000, or less than $24,000 for couples who file joint tax returns. There is no enrollment fee.
CVS and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., have already agreed to join Pfizer in promoting the drug card.
Diabetes medications manufactured by Pfizer include the sulfonylureas Glucotrol, Glucotrol XL and Diabinese.
To apply for a card, call (800) 717-6005 or log on to www.pfizerforliving.com.
According to Pfizer, the U.S. General Accounting Office reports that the average price of a prescription for a brand-name drug is $69.54.
Clinical adviser’s note: Two of the drugs mentioned, Glucotrol (glipizide) and Diabinese (chlorpropamide), are also available in less expensive generic versions. The drug Glucotrol XL is not available in a generic version.