Hey Tumblr, if you’re poor, under-or-unemployed, and/or uninsured, you can probably get free drugs directly from the manufacturers. 

Yeah, free. Like seriously all you pay for is maybe the doctor/nurse visit you’ll probably need to go to for the prescription. 

The basics, because every program is different:

You need:

  • to fill out a buttload of paperwork, which is a pain in the buns, but FREE MEDS
  • a prescription for the medication(s) you’re trying to obtain, which means you’ll need to find a doctor or nurse practitioner (someone who can legally write scripts), whom you can also probably see for free at a community clinic if you’re willing to chill on a waiting list for three months.
  • proof of residence, official ID, utility bill, something like that
  • probably your most recent W-2 or paystub, to prove you need assistance. if you make a “decent” amount but maybe have tremendous bills or something, some companies will make exceptions if you take the time to write a letter explaining the situation, and maybe include a pile of copies of your bills. if you’ve been unemployed for a while or have never worked, they’ll probably ask you to explain how you get by, or to provide proof that you’re getting food stamps or something of the sort. 
  • that’s pretty much it.
  • like i said, every company is different, so make sure you read every line of the requirements, because it’s a pain in the arse to send all your shit in and find out that whoops you forgot to draw a unicorn on the lower left-hand corner of your 2011 W-2 form or some ridic shit

Links to patient assistance programs; feel free to add your own:

Lilly (Byetta, Cymbalta, Glucagon, Humalog, Humulin, Livalo, Prozac, Quinidine, ReoPro, Strattera, Xigris, Sybyax, Zyprexa) :

Sanofi-Aventis (Apidra, Lantus, Clolar, Jevtana, Elitek, Leukine, Eloxatin, Mozobil, Eligard, Lovenox, Rilutek, Multaq, Priftin) :

abbott (ANDROGEL, PROMETRIUM, Advicor, Creon, Depakote, Gengraf, Humira, Kaletra, Synthroid, Tarka, and several more) :

Pfizer (lots and lots of drugs; I have gotten free Zoloft from them in the past) :

Basically, pretty much every major pharmaceutical company has some sort of free/discount drug program; you just have to dig around to find it because nobody tells us about them unless they’re those rare sorts of doctors who actually advocate for their patients.

Betting that money is more persuasive than words, more employers vow to use financial rewards and penalties to prod their workers to fitness in 2012. Employers have seen serious problems related to obesity, she said, including higher rates of depression, absenteeism, low productivity and more medical claims. An overweight employee costs employers $5,000 more a year in health costs than a healthy-weight individual. The survey of 335 employers found that the share of companies that used financial rewards in health management programs increased to 54% in 2011 from 36% in 2009. In 2012, about 80% of companies plan to offer financial rewards.

Here’s a fun twist I will believe in until I am convinced it isn’t true: creepy neon murder lichen is the (undiscovered) only cure for frontotemporal dementia! Gets rid of nasty fox infestations AND reverses neurological damage!

Next season’s villain: the pharmaceutical company trying to get all members of the McCall pack to sign nondisclosure agreements about their knowledge of the special plant and its properties. They are pretty aggressive about it. Sometimes their rep interrupts while everyone is sitting in the big corner booth at the local diner, sipping on milkshakes. “Go AWAY,” Scott says to Mr. Sampson, who frowns and closes his briefcase. Isaac rolls his eyes and eats some onion rings. Lydia feeds Allison a bite of her patty melt. Kira rolls a gumball across the table at Derek, who smiles sleepily from his spot curled up under Stiles’s arm. “I’m a medical miracle,” Stiles mumbles around his curly fries. Every episode features the pack doing normal, pleasant things, with one semi-irritating interruption from Mr. Sampson. He bugs them at mini-golf. He annoys them when they’re playing cribbage at the local coffee shop. He spies on them while they sit on a picnic blanket in the park, eating finger sandwiches and giving each other hand massages.

"Is Mr. Sampson seriously watching us through the eyeholes he cut in a newspaper?" Scott asks, lifting his head from Kira’s lap.

"I’m worried about that guy," Allison admits, pressing her thumbs into the palm of Derek’s left hand while Isaac braids her hair. "Maybe we should send him a fruit basket."

Pfizer Looking for Billions in Tax Inversion Benefits With AstraZeneca Merger

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) has a tax inversion pill that will pump huge benefits out of the $106 billion mega-merger it is angling for with AstraZeneca PLC (LSE: AZN).


The company’s executives have publicly talked up the potential benefits of the merger, including more than $1 billion in tax savings per year.

As things stand now, AstraZeneca has once again refused the sweetened $106 billion offer made by Pfizer. But if they were to accept it, Pfizer would then be able to shift its corporate headquarters from New York City to Europe.

It’s a nice twofer that gives Pfizer the advantage of the enhanced European reach while at the same time giving it a readymade tax inversion strategy to hightail it out of Uncle Sam’s tax reach.

Pfizer, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, has been headquartered in NYC since it was founded in 1849 in Brooklyn.

A relocation of the company’s headquarters to Europe would result in the loss of billions of dollars in local, state and federal tax revenues.

Not to mention the loss of jobs and other spending that would follow the company’s headquarters across the Atlantic.

Note that an inversion doesn’t necessarily mean the company would move its operational headquarters. That would still be in NYC, but the official headquarters would be in Europe.

This would allow the company to bring in vast cash hoards that are currently being kept outside the U.S. in order to avoid the hefty tax bill it would attract. Pfizer currently keeps more than 70 percent of its cash reserves out of the U.S. to avoid being taxed on it as income.

In a conference call with investors, Pfizer CFO Frank D’Amelio said that if the holding company which would be the parent of Pfizer and AstraZeneca was located in the U.K., it would lower the company’s effective tax rate going forward.

Pfizer currently pays an effective tax rate of27.4 percent, while AstraZeneca’s effective tax rate is much lower at 21.3 percent. It is estimated that a single percentage point drop in Pfizer’s effective tax rate would mean annual tax savings of up to $200 million.

The U.K. additionally offers more tax benefits, including R&D tax credits and a lower tax rate on income from patents.   

Be that as it may, any move by Pfizer to retain operational headquarters in NYC while avoiding paying corporate income tax would be seen by lawmakers and the powers-that-be in Albany and Washington D.C. as anotherinversion tax law fail. It would make federal approval for the merger more difficult, if not impossible.

Photo credit - Norbert Nagel/wikipedia 

Three leading senators are inquiring into drugmaker Pfizer Inc’s efforts to limit the sale of generic versions of its Lipitor cholesterol drug, which lost U.S. patent protection this week. Their concern was prompted by a newspaper report earlier this month that Pfizer had struck deals with leading insurers and pharmacy benefits managers, who negotiate prices on behalf of companies and insurers, to offer discounts on Lipitor if they block prescriptions for its generic versions

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Gustav Pfizer. Der Nibelunge Noth. Illustriert mit Holzschnitten nach Zeichnungen von Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld und Eugen Neureuther die Bearbeitung des Textes von Dr. Gustav Pfizer. Published 1843 by Cotta’scher Verlag in Stuttgart, Tübingen.

Medical Conspiracy/Crime #1

The pfizer company is considered to be one of the biggest pharmaceutical giant in the world. This comes with constant scrutiny by the global community, and in 1996 something terrible happened.

Trovan, a new antibiotic being developed by pfizer needed to be tested. Just around that time a breakout of meningitis and measles broke out in Nigeria.. and Pfizer used this opportunity to try the drug out in a “clinical trial”.

This resulted in 200 children who were given treatment with Trovan… The antibiotic resulted in 11 deaths and many others with organ failures and various other fatal symptoms. The scariest part of this is that Pfizer apparently set up a booth to distribute the drugs next to a MSF (doctors without borders) clinic. 

As I stare at an ink blot
Thinking why I think the thoughts I think
Paying 20 gs a year straight to my shrink
To analyze me on a couch
And while hes zoning out
Im tuning in to my inner child
So that explains why I get wild
On the weekend drinking no tomorrow
Sleep around to ease my sorrow
And it all relates to what happened in second grade
I am told there is a name for what is wrong inside my brain
And that fact alone makes me feel like Im hardly that insane
Ive undergone psychoanalysis
My dreams all full of phalluses
Psychotropics I imbibe
So happy to be prescribed
What I get from Pfizers not much different from Budweiser
In the end, you and I just fated to pretend
—  K.Flay


Pfizer Birth Control Recall: Could Women Who Get Pregnant Sue?

If women wind up pregnant from faulty pill packets, product liability lawsuits or “wrongful pregnancy” cases — reminiscent of medical malpractice — could be filed.

By BONNIE ROCHMAN | @brochman | February 3, 2012 | 


It didn’t take long for the speculation to start: if women unintentionally get pregnant while taking the defective birth control pills that Pfizer recalled this week, could they, would they, sue?

Earlier this week, Pfizer recalled 1 million packages of pills — 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and 14 lots of generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets — after uncovering a packaging error that included too many active tablets in some packets and not enough in others. It cautioned women to use alternate contraceptive methods because they were at greater risk of becoming pregnant. In a statement, the company said that the recalled pills don’t pose “any immediate health risks.” That, of course, depends completely upon how you define “health risks.” Assuming you’re taking the pills to avoid having a baby but end up faced with what to do about an unwanted pregnancy, the ensuing stress could arguably count as a mental health risk, at the least. An unanticipated pregnancy is certainly more than just a minor inconvenience.

MORE: Why Abortion Is Less Risky than Childbirth

For most women, it’s likely too early to know if the packaging defect has resulted in unintended pregnancy. But already, bloggers have begun running scenarios.

LawInfo wondered whether product liability lawsuits — which “generally involve a product that was designed defectively or gave an insufficient warning to the consumer who was eventually harmed as a result of the design or warning defect” — might bubble up.

(Video: Nancy Gibbs on the Pill’s Importance)

This would not be the first example of a “wrongful pregnancy” case, according to I. Glenn Cohen, assistant professor and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, who spoke with MyHealthNewsDaily:

Similar cases have allowed people to sue for things like unwanted pregnancies after botched vasectomies. In the past, there has even been a case in which a woman successfully sued a pharmacist for a pregnancy that resulted from errors in filling the woman’s birth control prescriptions, Cohen said.

The best chance for a case, however, would be for affected women with unwanted pregnancies to band together and bring a class-action lawsuit against Pfizer, said Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. Such a case could ask for considerably more money than an individual case, and would be more attractive to lawyers, Caplan said.

“I’m sure some enterprising lawyer is already thinking of bringing a class-action lawsuit…against the company,” Cohen said.

It’s unlikely that any settlement would approach the cost of raising a child, which, at $226,920, may in itself be a fairly effective method of birth control.

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Bonnie Rochman is a reporter at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @brochman. You can also continue the discussion on TIME‘s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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