SOURCE: Communications Four

April 18, 2005 07:00 ET

New Discount Prescription Program -- "Program Launched to Assist Growing Number of Uninsured"

CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2005 -- A new national poll has revealed that most Americans fear losing their prescription drug coverage and health insurance more than losing their jobs or homes.

Meantime, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 45 million people are without health care coverage. Many of these individuals have difficulty getting access to needed medical care, including their prescription medicines. In response, Merck Pharmaceuticals is introducing its own program to assist the uninsured in gaining access to their medicines with ease.

The Merck Uninsured Discount Card Program will begin on April 25, 2005. The program will offer discounts on Merck medicines, and will be available to all uninsured patients, regardless of age or income.

Uninsured patients will save 10% on Merck prescriptions on their very first visit to the pharmacy when they present the Merck "Instant Savings Certificate" -- widely available in pharmacies, doctors' offices, clinics, churches and community centers. To obtain deeper savings, patients are encouraged to enroll in the Merck Uninsured Discount Card Program which offers discounts of 15 to 40%.

Sound on tape:

-    Dr. Margo Denke, Physician
-    Margaret McGlynn, Merck, Inc. Spokesperson
-    Man-on-the-Street interviews
B-roll:
-    Doctor conducting a checkup with patient
-    Customers purchasing prescriptions at pharmacy
-    Pharmacist counting pills, tending to customers
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