At Merck, we believe that it’s not enough to discover and develop new medicines and vaccines. We believe that we also need to help get them to the people who need them.
One important way to achieve this goal is through product donations that address specific health needs, whether in communities with a fundamental lack of access to healthcare and services or in acute or protracted humanitarian crises.
Our product donation programs and initiatives include:
- The Merck MECTIZAN® (ivermectin) Donation Program is one of the most significant initiatives undertaken by Merck to help improve access to medicines in developing countries. Established 25 years ago, the Merck MECTIZAN Donation Program is the longest-running disease-specific drug donation program and public-private partnership of its kind, and is widely regarded as one of the most successful public-private health collaborations in the world.
- The Merck Medical Outreach Program is the primary mechanism through which Merck donates our pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer health products for humanitarian assistance in the developing world and in support of disaster relief and emergency response worldwide.
- The Merck Patient Assistance Programs have provided Merck medicines and adult vaccines free to people who do not have prescription drug or health insurance coverage and who, without our assistance, could not otherwise afford them.
Last Updated July 19, 2013