Allergists Available to All at Allergy Clinic in Toronto Shopping Malls

Allergists Available to All at Allergy Clinic in Toronto Shopping Malls

From May 31 to June 10, the Public Will be Able to Meet Allergists and Ask
Their Questions at the Allergy Clinic

TORONTO, June 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following the great success of the
Allergy Clinics in past years, Merck Consumer Care is pleased to host for a
third consecutive year, the Aerius Allergy Clinic in a local shopping mall.

From May 31 to June 10, 2012, the Aerius^® Allergy Clinic will be present at
the Toronto Eaton Centre and Square One Shopping Centre. A kiosk made
especially for the occasion will be set up and brand ambassadors will be
available to provide useful information to people affected by allergy
symptoms. During eight days, the public will be guided by the Aerius^® team
through different stations to receive information on allergies.

"Allergic disease including seasonal or perennial allergic rhinitis,
conjunctivitis as well as urticarial (hives) affects at least 20 per cent of
the population or 6 to 7 million Canadians. This accounts for a large degree
of morbidity, reduced productivity and quality of life. There are a variety of
treatment strategies available. Aerius in the tablet or liquid form plays a
pivotal role in relieving the symptoms of the above-listed disorders," said
Dr. Raymond Stein, allergist.

Participants, allergy sufferers – or those who have someone they know affected
by allergies – will also be invited to visit the healthcare section sponsored
by Merck Consumer Care. In this section, they will have the opportunity to
meet an allergist or pharmacist who will answer their questions and provide
information about allergies and different treatment options.

"Our objective with this program is to support people suffering from allergies
by providing them and the general public with easy access to useful
information on allergies," said François Woods, Aerius^® Brand Manager.

Visitors will also be able to connect to the online Aerius^® Community to
learn the latest information available and share their experiences with other
allergy sufferers. For more information: www.aerius.com

SCHEDULE AND VENUE OF THE ALLERGY CLINICS
Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street, Toronto)
* Thursday, May 31:                  10 am - 4 pm
* Friday, June 1:                    2 pm - 8 pm
* Saturday, June 2:                  12 pm - 6 pm
* Sunday, June 3:                    12 pm - 6 pm
                                    
Square One Shopping Centre (100 City Centre Drive, Mississauga)
* Thursday, June 7:                 2 pm - 8 pm
* Friday, June 8:                   2 pm - 8 pm
* Saturday, June 9:                  12 pm - 6 pm
* Sunday, June 10:                  12 pm - 6 pm

The Allergy Clinic will be located in the Eaton Centre – Albert's Way Entrance
and in Centre Court in the Square One Shopping Centre.

The Allergy Clinic will also be held in Montreal (Complexe Desjardins from
August 14 to August 17) and Laval (Carrefour Laval from August 23 to August
26).

About Merck

Today's Merck is working to help the world be well. Merck is a global health
care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines,
consumer and animal health products. In Canada, Merck markets more than 530
pharmaceutical, consumer and animal health products. Merck is a leader in a
broad range of areas such as cardiology, infectious diseases, respiratory,
vaccines, women's health and sun care, and is focused on expanding offerings
in other areas, including virology, oncology anddiabetes.

Based in Montreal, Quebec, Merck employs approximately 1250 people across
Canada. The Merck Canada manufacturing facility in Quebec has been designated
by its parent company as a Centre of Excellence for the global production of
liquids, ointments and creams. Merck is one of the top R&D investors in
Canada, with investments totalling $78.6 million in 2010. For more information
about our operations in Canada, visit www.merck.ca.

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SASKIA BRUSSAARD
Tel.: (416) 850-3519
Cell.: (647) 284-2889
saskia@cravepr.com

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