GARDASIL ad campaign for women - Women encouraged to ask doctor if vaccine is right for them



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    MONTREAL, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting this week and continuing until
the end of the year, a new national publicity campaign for the GARDASIL(R)
vaccine will air on Canadian television and be seen in other media across the
country. Targeting young women (and their parents) for whom GARDASIL(R) is
indicated, the program aims to initiate a dialogue between young women and
their physicians about whether or not the vaccine is right for them.
    "Over the last few weeks, there has been heightened media attention
around Gardasil. We hope our new advertising campaign will contribute to this
dialogue and encourage women to talk to their doctors," said Sheila Murphy
from Merck Frosst. "Young women have been receiving information about
GARDASIL(R) from a great variety of sources and we feel the best way for them
to sort out fact from fiction is to talk to their doctors."

    About Merck Frosst

    At Merck Frosst, patients come first. Merck Frosst Canada Ltd. is a
research-driven pharmaceutical company. Merck Frosst discovers, develops and
markets a broad range of innovative medicines to improve human health. Merck
Frosst is one of the top 20 R&D investors in Canada, with an investment of
$114 million in 2006. The Company is committed to fostering partnerships to
deliver the most valuable health outcomes for Canadian patients. More
information about Merck Frosst is available at http://www.merckfrosst.com.

    Forward-Looking Statement

    This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is
defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These
statements are based on management's current expectations and involve risks
and uncertainties, which may cause results to differ materially from those set
forth in the statements. The forward-looking statements may include statements
regarding product development, product potential or financial performance. No
forward-looking statement can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ
materially from those projected. Merck undertakes no obligation to publicly
update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information,
future events, or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this press release
should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect Merck's
business, particularly those mentioned in the cautionary statements in Item 1
of Merck's Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2006, and in its periodic
reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, which the Company incorporates by
reference.




For further information:

For further information: Sheila Murphy, Manager, Public Affairs, Merck
Frosst Canada Ltd., (514) 428-2748; Daniel Brennan, NATIONAL PharmaCom, (514)
843-2325


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