Merck announces prescription replacement program for Hurricane Katrina victims

Merck & Co., Inc. recently announced that it is replacing prescription medicines at no charge through U.S. retail pharmacies for patients who have lost their existing Merck medicines as a result of Hurricane Katrina.  Merck is honoring requests for replacement product dispensed in areas directly affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as requests from patients who have evacuated or displaced to other locations.

Under the program, Merck is providing up to a 30-day supply for patients who need replacement of their existing Merck medicines that were lost or damaged as the result of the hurricane and subsequent flood. Patients can go to a U.S. retail pharmacy location before September 30, 2005 to refill the prescription at no charge.  Patients requiring replacement of a Merck prescription from pharmacies that are not in operation as a result of Hurricane Katrina are encouraged to seek refills from local or state agencies, where Merck is also providing medicines and vaccines.