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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:  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                                       -30-  For more information or an interview with a spokesperson, please contact:  SASKIA BRUSSAARD Tel.: (416) 850-3519 Cell.: (647) 284-2889  ® Registered trademark of MSD International Holdings Gmbh Used under license.  
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