Merck to Present New Data Analyses of its Investigational Ragweed Pollen and Grass Pollen Allergy Immunotherapy Tablets

  Merck to Present New Data Analyses of its Investigational Ragweed Pollen and
  Grass Pollen Allergy Immunotherapy Tablets

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WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. -- February 22, 2013

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today
announced that researchers will present new data analyses of the safety and
efficacy of the company’s investigational allergy immunotherapy tablets (AITs)
for ragweed pollen (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) and grass pollen (Phleum
pratense) at the 2013 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)
Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held in San Antonio from February 22-26.

Merck's AIT products are investigational, dissolvable oral tablets designed to
help treat the underlying cause of allergic rhinitis by generating an immune
response to help protect against targeted allergens. Merck has partnered with
ALK-Abello to develop AITs in North America. Earlier this year, Merck
submitted a Biologics License Application (BLA) for its grass pollen AIT to
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Merck plans to submit a BLA
for its ragweed pollen AIT to the FDA later in 2013.

“We are pleased to present new results for Merck’s investigational AIT
products to the scientific community that we believe will be valuable in
thinking about immunotherapy and the treatment of allergic rhinitis,” said
Jeffrey A. Chodakewitz, M.D., senior vice president, Global Scientific
Strategy, franchise head, Infectious Diseases and interim franchise head,
Respiratory & Immunology, Merck Research Laboratories. “Merck is committed to
research in the area of allergic rhinitis.”

Select Merck Presentations at AAAAI

Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Poster Session 3209, Exhibit Hall
C

  *403: Characterizing the 12 Amb a 1-U Ragweed Allergy Immunotherapy Tablet
    Adverse Event Profile in Adults with Ragweed-Induced Allergic
    Rhinoconjunctivitis
  *405: Safety of Ragweed Allergy Immunotherapy Tablet: Results From Four
    Placebo-Controlled Trials

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m., Poster Session 5206, Exhibit Hall
C

  *809: Ragweed Allergy Immunotherapy Tablet Reduces Use of Ocular
    Antihistamines in Patients With Ragweed Pollen–Induced Allergic
    Rhinoconjunctivitis
  *810: Effect of Allergy Immunotherapy Tablet in Patients with or without
    Local Application-Site Reactions

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