B-Roll Advisory - Health Canada approves once-daily JANUVIA(TM), the first treatment in a new class of medicines for type 2 diabetes



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    TORONTO, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. announced today that
JANUVIA(TM) has been approved by Health Canada. JANUVIA(TM) (sitagliptin
phosphate monohydrate), is the first of a new class of oral diabetes
medications called DPP-4 inhibitors, which enhances the body's own ability to
lower blood sugar, but is not associated with weight gain or hypoglycemia
(very low blood sugar). JANUVIA(TM) will help answer an unmet need in diabetes
treatment.

    
    Content of footage for English b-roll

    -   Interview with Dr. Daniel Drucker, Professor of Medicine and Director
        of the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre in Toronto
    -   Interview with Joseph Pietromonaco, Living with type 2 diabetes
    -   Mechanism of action animation sequence
    -   JANUVIA(TM) package shot, single-dose 100 mg

    Content of footage for French b-roll

    -   Interview with Dr. Jean-Marie Ekoé, Epidemiologist and President of
        the Diabetes Québec Professional Council
    -   Mechanism of action animation sequence
    -   JANUVIA(TM) package shot, single-dose 100 mg

    The b-roll will be distributed today via satellite from 10:00 to
11:00 am EST. The English b-roll will loop into the French version.
    The b-roll will also be available from 1:00 to 1:30 pm EST. This will be
the English version only.

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    Anik F2C 1B
    Vertical Polarization, Freq. 3740 MHz
    Audio subcarriers 6.2 and 6.8
    





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