Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will double the income threshold for patients to be eligible for financial assistance in response to an increasing number of customers not being able to afford their prescription medicines.
The change would allow single patients earning up to four times the federal poverty level, or $47,080, or a family of four with household income of up to $97,000 to receive more than 40 different drugs for free through its RxPathways program. Pfizer said that between 2010 and 2014, as many as 2.5 million people on RxPathways got access to more than 30 million prescriptions. The program helped about 350,000 in 2014. The expansion would serve an additional 200,000 patients.