Michael Harpin, Executive Director, Industry Relations, HPIC; Nancy McGuire, Director, Philanthropy, HPIC; Christian Fulman, Director, Sales, Merck Canada inc.; Helen Crawley, Director, NGO Programs, HPIC. (CNW ...
KIRKLAND, QC, Sept. 21, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Merck Canada is pleased to
announce that over a hundred of its employees rolled up their sleeves
to volunteer at various non-profit community organizations for Merck Community Action Day, celebrated from coast to coast on September 21.
Now in its third year, the Merck Community Action Day aims to provide employees at all levels and all divisions of the
organization with an opportunity to make a real difference in the
communities they live in, while learning more about how these
organizations make a difference. Working with organizations in the
field of maternal health, Merck Canada has aligned its community day
with the global "Merck for Mothers" commitment, a long-term initiative
to create a world where no woman has to die from complications of
pregnancy and childbirth.
"At Merck, we believe maternal health, and striving to make pregnancy
and childbirth safe for women around the world, can have a significant
positive impact on families, economies and societies, as well as
empowering women themselves," said Cyril Schiever, president and
managing director of Merck Canada Inc. "I'm really proud of all our
employees who stepped forward to do their part for maternal health. As
well, I'm delighted to see that Merck Community Action Day attracts a growing number of participants every year."
From the YWCA in Halifax to the Montreal Diet Dispensary, passing by
EGADZ in Saskatoon to Terra Centre in Edmonton, Merck employees are
doing their part for maternal health in Canada and abroad, by painting,
participating in indoor and outdoor cleaning activities, collecting and
sorting out supplies, or simply by holding a hand and striking up a
For the first time, over a dozen Merck employees had a unique
opportunity to volunteer at Health Partners International of Canada
(HPIC), in Mississauga, where they assembled life-changing "Physician
Travel Packs" (PTP). Each pack contains essential medicines and medical
supplies that help physicians working in developing countries treat up
to 600 children and adults.
"The health of mothers and children is a shared concern of Health
Partners International of Canada and Merck, and is at the heart of our
partnership," said Glen Shepherd, president of HPIC. "By providing a
volunteer packing team for our distribution centre, covering the
contribution fee for 25 doctors every year and donating essential
medicines to PTPs, Merck Canada stands out as one of our leading
Merck Canada has a long-standing commitment to HPIC, having supported
the organization since 1994, with a total of more than $8.9 million in
donated medicines and over $600,000 in financial support. To date, in
2012, Merck has donated $70,000 to HPIC.
About Merck for Mothers
Merck for Mothers is a long-term effort with global health partners to
create a world where no woman has to die from complications of
pregnancy and childbirth. Announced in September 2011, the launch
includes a 10-year, half-billion-dollar initiative that applies Merck's
scientific and business expertise to making proven solutions more
widely available, developing new game-changing technologies and
improving public awareness, policy efforts and private sector
engagement for maternal mortality. For more information, visit merckformothers.com.
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 medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer and
animal 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 more information about our
operations in Canada, visit www.merck.ca.
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. Such statements may include,
but are not limited to, statements about the benefits of the merger
between Merck and Schering-Plough, including future financial and
operating results, the combined company's plans, objectives,
expectations and intentions and other statements that are not
historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs
and expectations of Merck's management and are subject to significant
risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth
in the forward-looking statements.
The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to
differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the
possibility that all of the expected synergies from the merger of Merck
and Schering-Plough will not be realized, or will not be realized
within the expected time period; the impact of pharmaceutical industry
regulation and health care legislation in the United States and
internationally; Merck's ability to accurately predict future market
conditions; dependence on the effectiveness of Merck's patents and
other protections for innovative products; and the exposure to
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 2011 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 (www.sec.gov).
Image with caption: "On September 21, over a hundred of Merck employees volunteered at various non-profit community organizations for Merck Community Action Day. On the photo: Cyril Schiever, president and managing director of Merck Canada Inc. (CNW Group/Merck Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120921_C8567_PHOTO_EN_18240.jpg
Image with caption: "Michael Harpin, Executive Director, Industry Relations, HPIC; Nancy McGuire, Director, Philanthropy, HPIC; Christian Fulman, Director, Sales, Merck Canada inc.; Helen Crawley, Director, NGO Programs, HPIC. (CNW Group/Merck Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120921_C8567_PHOTO_EN_18244.jpg
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