AmeriCares Honors Merck with Power of Partnership Award

           AmeriCares Honors Merck with Power of Partnership Award

PR Newswire

STAMFORD, Conn., June 3, 2013

STAMFORD, Conn., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --AmeriCares has
presented its annual Power of Partnership Award to Merck & Co. Inc. in
recognition of the company's outstanding commitment to helping disaster
survivors and improving health in the developing world. Merck is one of
AmeriCares most committed donors, providing both products and financial
support for the global health and disaster relief organization's aid programs.

AmeriCares President and CEO Curt Welling presented the award today at the
Healthcare Distribution Management Association's (HDMA) Business and
Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. AmeriCares and HDMA created the Power
of Partnership Award to recognize medical manufacturing and distribution
organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to
health care for disadvantaged populations.

"Merck has demonstrated remarkable support for AmeriCares Emergency Response
Program, as well as enormous compassion for disaster survivors," Welling said.
"With Merck's help, we have assisted millions of people around the world in
desperate need following earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and other emergencies.
Most recently, in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Merck
generously donated cash, vaccines and chronic care medications to aid

In addition to helping AmeriCares respond to disasters in the moment, Merck
has been forward leaning, providing critical funding in advance of anticipated
crises. Its sponsorship of a ground-breaking rapid response capability enabled
AmeriCares and its partner icddr,b to reduce cholera-related deaths in Sierra
Leone last year.

Since 1989 Merck has provided AmeriCares with more than $210 million in
medicines for distribution to 94 countries. The company's support includes
sponsoring a 5-year program to combat cardiovascular disease in Uzbekistan and
donating enough Hepatitis B vaccines to vaccinate 2,000 health care workers
and medical students in a program that enhanced safety practices at one of
Tanzania's largest hospitals.

"Our focus at Merck is to do what it takes to save and improve lives around
the world, and to do so, we must develop novel medicines and vaccines along
with smart, innovative ways to expand access to them. Our partnership with
AmeriCares is one of the ways we achieve that – especially for communities in
crisis. We know that the products we donate to AmeriCares are in good hands,
and together, we will continue to help address critical health needs around
the world," said Brenda Colatrella, Executive Director of Corporate
Responsibility at Merck.

The company is headquartered in Whitehouse Station, N.J.

"HDMA congratulates Merck on this achievement; their contributions in support
of the AmeriCares mission have made a difference in the lives of countless
individuals," said HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray. "We are proud to
partner with AmeriCares to honor this company's efforts to improve public
health around the world."

About AmeriCares
AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that
delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the
world and across the United States. Since it was established in 1982,
AmeriCares has distributed more than $11 billion in humanitarian aid to 164
countries. For more information, visit

About HDMA
HDMA is the national association representing primary healthcare distributors,
the vital link between the nation's pharmaceutical manufacturers and
healthcare providers. Each business day, HDMA member companies ensure that
nine million prescription medicines and healthcare products are delivered
safely and efficiently to more than 200,000 pharmacies, hospitals, long-term
care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. HDMA and its members work
daily to provide value and achieve cost savings, an estimated $42 billion each
year to our nation's healthcare system. For more information, visit

About Merck
Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well.
Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our
prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and
animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140
countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our
commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies,
programs and partnerships. For more information, visit and
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Donna Porstner: (203) 658-9579

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SOURCE AmeriCares

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