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Free Viagra: Pfizer offers free Viagra, Lipitor and other drugs...

There are 178 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 14, 2009, titled Free Viagra: Pfizer offers free Viagra, Lipitor and other drugs.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Pfizer Inc. says it will provide 70 of its most widely prescribed prescription drugs - including Lipitor and Viagra - for free to people who have lost their jobs and health insurance.

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Mount Prospect, IL

#1 May 14, 2009
Let's see if the politicians give Pfizer any credit at all, after their years of demonizing the pharmaceutical industry.
Drugmakers -- admit it folks -- help save lives. Ever hear of a politician, save the few Republican MDs who have served in office, doing so? What I remember is Jennifer Granholm, Michigan's Democratic governor driving Pfizer and its thousands of jobs out of her state. Busing seniors to Canada to buy cheap drugs (subsidized by American consumers, buy the way -- somebody's got to pay for R&D and the FDA) played no small role in that.
Dr Leary

Westmont, IL

#2 May 14, 2009
Yeah, viagra is essential to your health. We all need more humans. And no wonder drugs are overpriced; Pfizer likes to play Robin Hood.

Palatine, IL

#3 May 14, 2009
Great - my prescription costs aren't high enough - now I have to pay more so free Viagra pills can be given away. Am I the only one with a problem with this??? I would certainly not want people to not be able to get true, life-saving drugs. That said, remember people - the drug companies don't reduce their profits to pay for this - they raise prices for the rest of us.

Orlando, FL

#4 May 14, 2009
I can see another Baby Boom on the horizon, with the economy sex is the cheapest form of recreation and having these drugs available will just help it along.

United States

#5 May 14, 2009
BS me thinks!
Free? I doubt it. Will their bottom line take a hit? Did exuctives, employees take a pay cut, did share holders take a lose to cover the cost of this? Somehow I doubt it. I think people with insurance or the means to pay are or will cover the cost of this good will, not the company.

Palatine, IL

#6 May 14, 2009
And according to the article, they require no proof of financial hardship by the way. (asking someone to sign a statement is not proof). Not everyone who loses a job and insurance is in dire financial straits. Many people are in two income families where they can live (albeit maybe not as well) on one salary. And often they can also switch insurance to their spouse's plan. I know, I know - this is not always the case, but it often is. And I suspect some of these folks will also come out of the woodwork to grab the freebie, so our increased prices will be supporting them as well.

Oak Forest, IL

#7 May 14, 2009
Give the jobless & uninsured Viagra? So they can have more kids they can't afford and we all have to support?
Carl in Chicago

Hinsdale, IL

#10 May 14, 2009
Is there no end to this "I'm entitled to something for nothing" mentality? This is going to end in a huge demographic that is utterly dependent upon handouts and wealth redistribution.

I don't know ... I am for charity for those who need it, but it seems like a bad thing when the majority of people claim to need it ... and in turn, begin to demand it.

Scary thoughts for the future.

Chicago, IL

#11 May 14, 2009
Are you people stupid? The article clearly states SEVENTY different drugs. Viagra is made my Pfizer, and happens to be their most recognized name aside from Lipitor. Yet here are all these posters whining as if they are paying for Viagra for others.
Steve Chobo

Naperville, IL

#12 May 14, 2009
Better headline:

"Jobless?'F it,' Pfizer says. Hands out free Viagra."

United States

#13 May 14, 2009
If men can get Viagra, why can't women get free birth control pills???

Lincolnshire, IL

#14 May 14, 2009
wildcat wrote:
Drugmakers -- admit it folks -- help save lives..
No, drugmakers don't save lives. They make you dependent on their drugs to keep your body functioning. If drugmakers cured disease you would only need to buy their drugs once and be done. Instead they recommend "regiments"
mamma mia

Villa Park, IL

#15 May 14, 2009
Viagra? You're kidding right?

Grayslake, IL

#16 May 14, 2009
I don't think so. People with jobs will pay more for prescription drugs.

Chicago, IL

#17 May 14, 2009
CaptainObvious wrote:
Give the jobless & uninsured Viagra? So they can have more kids they can't afford and we all have to support?
Yeah, I hope they give out a free box of condoms with every bottle!

Zion, IL

#19 May 14, 2009
A guy with out a job gets free viagra, will they supply him with a date as well...Craigslist erotique section has been eliminated.
Anne L

Lincolnshire, IL

#20 May 14, 2009
Unemployed men do not need Viagra. What is this world coming to when that is a necessity?

South River, NJ

#21 May 14, 2009
Hello wrote:
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Yeah, I hope they give out a free box of condoms with every bottle!
So the resultant babies have balloons to play with?

Chicago, IL

#22 May 14, 2009
Keep unemployed patients "loyal" to their brands? The word is addicted.

Schaumburg, IL

#23 May 14, 2009
The drugs aren't free. Their payment will come in upcoming negotiations about health care. They are trying to build good will.

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