Help may be available for those who don’t have prescription assistance

All of us want to be healthy, but as anyone who does not have health insurance can tell you: the road to good health is not always easy.  There are more than 50 million people in the United States without health insurance, many of who work in small businesses. The SBA Office of Advocacy estimates that almost 17 million—more than one in four—private sector wage-and-salary workers in small businesses with fewer than 500 workers lacked health insurance from any source and nearly 63 percent of all uninsured workers were either self-employed or working in private-sector firms with fewer than 100 employees in 2008.

The SBA 2010 Small Business Economy report states that employees at small firms are less likely to receive health insurance or other benefits than those in larger firms.4 This may correlate to how much the employer pays to offer coverage for their employees, or if they offer coverage at all. Thus, many small business employees may be uninsured or underinsured and may benefit from patient assistance programs.


Where to get help

If you or someone you know doesn’t have prescription coverage and is having difficulty getting the medicines they need, fortunately there are programs that can help:

  • Pfizer Helpful Answers®is a family of assistance programs for the uninsured and underinsured who need help getting Pfizer medicines.  These programs provide Pfizer medicines for free or at a savings to patients who qualify.  Some programs also offer reimbursement support services for people with insurance. For more information, call 866-706-2400 or visit
  • The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a service sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry that offers a single point of access to more than 475 patient prescription assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer Helpful Answers. For more information, call 888-4PPA-NOW or visit
  • The Together Rx Access® Cardis a free, easy-to-use savings card sponsored by many of the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, to help eligible hardworking Americans and their families gain access to savings on prescription products right at their neighborhood pharmacy.  For more information, call 800-444-4106 or visit


Preventive care – such as regular doctor visits and medicines – is essential to good health. We must work together to ensure that these essentials are available to all.