Merck Announces Collaboration with the American Diabetes Association to Educate Adults with Diabetes About Increased Risk for Serious Diseases like Pneumococcal Pneumonia


March 26, 2015 8:30 am ET

Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada,
today announced a collaboration with the American Diabetes Association
(ADA). The collaboration aims to educate adults with diabetes about
their increased risk for potentially serious health problems, including
pneumococcal pneumonia, influenza (flu) and hepatitis B, making it
important for people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes to talk to their
health care professional (HCP) about these diseases.

“It is important for health care providers to help their diabetic
patients understand their increased risk for infections, and to discuss
the best approach to managing this increased risk. For example, adults
with diabetes are three times more likely to develop pneumococcal
pneumonia compared to adults without diabetes,” said Mel Kohn, M.D.,
M.P.H., medical director, Merck. “There is therefore a need to increase
conversations by HCPs on the levels of risk for these infections in this
patient population.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29.1
million people, or 9.3%, of the U.S. population have diabetes (it is
estimated that of this population, 21 million people are diagnosed and
8.1 million people remain undiagnosed). Each year, 1.7 million new cases
of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older.

The ADA’s Professional Practice Committee’s yearly Standards of Medical
Care in Diabetes notes that ongoing patient self-management education
and support are critical to preventing acute complications, and reducing
the risk of long-term complications. The Committee also notes that good
communication with HCPs can help people with diabetes feel in control
and respond to the challenges that come with the disease.

“Our work with Merck will help disseminate the very important message to
the diabetes community that keeping up-to-date on recommended HCP
appointments, and being aware of risk factors and how to minimize
additional complications are critical to maintaining good health,” said
Jane Chiang, M.D., senior vice president, medical and community affairs,
American Diabetes Association.

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
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
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About The American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight to Stop Diabetes
and its deadly consequences and fighting for those affected by diabetes.
The Association funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes;
delivers services to hundreds of communities; provides objective and
credible information; and gives voice to those denied their rights
because of diabetes. Founded in 1940, the ADA’s mission is to prevent
and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by

For more information please call the American Diabetes Association at
1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383) or visit
Information from both these sources is available in English and Spanish.

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dependence on the effectiveness of Merck’s patents and other protections
for innovative products; and the exposure to litigation, including
patent litigation, and/or regulatory actions.

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