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Patient assistance and product donation programs

As part of our commitment to improving access to health, we pursue programs that directly connect patients to our medicines and vaccines.

Our impact for patients

We help provide access to medicines and vaccines to patients in need. In 2022, we reached over 359 million people with product donations through patient assistance and product donation programs.

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The MECTIZAN® Donation Program

This program is one of the most significant initiatives to help enable access to medicines in developing countries. Established over 35 years ago, the MECTIZAN Donation Program is the longest-running disease-specific drug donation program and public-private partnership of its kind.

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Merck Medical Outreach Program

Established over 60 years ago, our Medical Outreach Program is the primary way we donate our pharmaceuticals and vaccines for humanitarian aid in the developing world and in support of disaster relief and emergency response worldwide.

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U.S. Patient Assistance Program

Our Patient Assistance Program, a separately incorporated nonprofit charitable organization, provides select medicines and adult vaccines free of charge to eligible individuals who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover their prescription Merck products.