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Date:3/26/2009

DALLAS and SAN ANTONIO, March 26 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Pfizer Helpful Answers announces the expansion of its Promotores Initiative, launched three years ago in partnership with the Dallas Concilio of Hispanic Service Organizations, to help the uninsured in San Antonio and Corpus Christi gain greater access to critical health resources. Through the Initiative, Pfizer will train five community health workers - promotores - in each city to educate uninsured Hispanics and their advocates about Pfizer Helpful Answers, a family of programs that helps people without prescription coverage save on many Pfizer medicines, no matter their age or income. The initiative will also provide information about other health care resources available for the uninsured and will be active during "Cover the Uninsured Week,' March 22 - 28, in Dallas and San Antonio.

"Pfizer Helpful Answers is dedicated to helping people without prescription coverage get the medicines they need," said Gary Pelletier, director of Pfizer Helpful Answers. "Our expansion of the Promotores program is due to the overwhelming need for prescription assistance in Texas, especially among Hispanics who have the highest rate of uninsured. This program enables us to spread the word about the help that is available through Pfizer Helpful Answers and other pharmaceutical industry resources."

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country - nearly one out of every four Texans (24 percent) is uninsured -- over 5.5 million people. When the Hispanic population alone is considered, more than half (59 percent) of the Hispanic population in Texas is uninsured. Through Pfizer Helpful Answers in 2008, more than 133,000 uninsured people in Texas received $105 million worth of Pfizer medicines for free or at a savings.

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