Merck to Hold First-Quarter 2013 Sales and Earnings Conference Call on May 1


April 1, 2013 7:30 am ET

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada,
will hold its first-quarter 2013 sales and earnings conference call with
institutional investors and analysts at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, May
1. During the call, Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive
officer; Peter N. Kellogg, executive vice president and chief financial
officer; and Adam H. Schechter, president, Global Human Health, will
provide an overview of Merck’s financial performance for the quarter.

Investors, journalists and the general public may access a live audio
webcast of the call on Merck’s website at
Software needed to listen to the webcast is available on Merck’s website
and should be downloaded prior to the beginning of the webcast. A replay
of the webcast will be available at approximately 11:00 a.m. EDT on May
1 and will remain on the website for 12 months. The quarter’s sales and
earnings news release and supplemental financial disclosures also will
be available in the Newsroom and Investor sections of the company’s
website at

Institutional investors and analysts can participate in the call by
dialing (706) 758-9927 or (877) 381-5782 and using ID code number

Members of the media are invited to monitor the call by dialing (706)
758-9928 or (800) 399-7917 and using ID code number 22104203.
Journalists who wish to ask questions are requested to contact a member
of Merck’s Media Relations team at the conclusion of the call.

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
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Forward-Looking Statement

This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the
meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based
upon the current beliefs and expectations of Merck’s management and are
subject to significant risks and uncertainties. If underlying
assumptions prove inaccurate or risks or uncertainties materialize,
actual results may differ materially from those set forth in the
forward-looking statements.

Risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to, general industry
conditions and competition; general economic factors, including interest
rate and currency exchange rate fluctuations; the impact of
pharmaceutical industry regulation and health care legislation in the
United States and internationally; global trends toward health care cost
containment; technological advances, new products and patents attained
by competitors; challenges inherent in new product development,
including obtaining regulatory approval; Merck’s ability to accurately
predict future market conditions; manufacturing difficulties or delays;
financial instability of international economies and sovereign risk;
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.

Merck undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking
statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise. Additional factors that could cause results to differ
materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be
found in Merck’s 2012 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the company’s other
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) available at
the SEC’s Internet site (

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