Who says we never say good things about pharma? Actually, the whole point of posts that are critical, at least here, is to support the industry through policy choices that, in the long view, most of us view to be in its interests. Which also means ours.
Many of you will have heard about the Pfizer program extending drug benefits to the unemployed. The details (thanks to our Inspirational Leader) can be found here:
What may be most impressive, but not surprising, is that the idea of the program--as well as half the funding--appears to have come from Pfizer employees. Needless to say, they know what it is to live in uncertainty re: job loss as well as any group. It is an impressive move.
According to the release, the other half comes from the Pfizer Foundation. Yes, this certainly means it will amount to a substantial tax write-off for charitable donation. But that's why we have such incentives. And, yes, it will reinforce "brand loyalty" and is great PR. But loyalty is a virtue when it is deserved.
So it is a good move all around, as far as I am concerned. Let's see more such, and--ideally--more such from the top down as well. That would be terrific.