Thursday, August 03, 2006

health magazine: Your Health Now Magazine Launches Spanish Edition

Free Magazine Offers Consumers Wealth of Unbiased, Independently Reviewed
Health Care Information

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Your Health Now, a
consumer health magazine enhanced by insights and information from The
Merck Manuals, the world's most widely used medical reference books, is now
available in Spanish. Merck & Co., Inc., is making the bi-monthly magazine
available to consumers free-of-charge at as part of the
Company's commitment to provide health information resources, which began
in 1899 with the publication of the first Merck Manual. The magazine also
is available in English at and by calling (888) MERCK-38

"The launch of Your Health Now magazine in Spanish is a unique
opportunity that provides the Spanish-speaking community with up-to-date
and unbiased health information," said Jane Delgado, Ph.D., President and
Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for Hispanic Health and
a member of the magazine's advisory board. "With more than 31 million
Spanish speakers in the United States, the Spanish-speaking community
welcomes resources, such as Your Health Now."

Issues of Your Health Now have covered topics such as gastrointestinal
disorders and cardiovascular health. The magazine also reviews recent
medical research and offers tips on pet health based on The Merck
Veterinary Manual. In addition, Your Health Now provides the latest
information on how patients without drug reimbursement coverage or health
insurance can get the medicines and care they need at discounted prices or
free based on their financial need.

Your Health Now maintains strict editorial independence and does not
promote any pharmaceutical medicines. To ensure independence, an Advisory
Board of leaders from highly respected health organizations also reviews
each issue to ensure that the magazine's mission of objective, relevant,
consumer- friendly and non-promotional content is achieved.

"At some point, even the most educated person will encounter health
information he or she cannot understand. In fact, nearly 90 million
Americans have trouble understanding and using much of the health
information that is available to the public," said Dr. Delgado. "People
need sources of information that are both timely and easy to read. Your
Health Now puts vital, understandable information at people's fingertips."
For more information, visit

About Merck

Merck & Co., Inc. is a global research-driven pharmaceutical company
dedicated to putting patients first. Established in 1891, Merck discovers,
develops, manufactures and markets vaccines and medicines to address unmet
medical needs. The Company devotes extensive efforts to increase access to
medicines through far-reaching programs that not only donate Merck
medicines but also help deliver them to the people who need them. Merck
also publishes unbiased health information as a not-for-profit service. For
more information, visit

About Merck Publishing Group

For over a century, Merck Publishing, in cooperation with Merck
Research Laboratories, has been dedicated to providing the best, timely and
relevant resources in the world. Merck is committed to bringing out the
best in medicine, and, as part of that effort, continues to proudly provide
all of The Merck Manuals on a not-for-profit basis as a service to the
community. Additionally, The Merck Manual, The Merck Manual of Medical
Information-Home Edition, The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, and The Merck
Veterinary Manual are available free on Merck's Internet site at

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the cautionary statements in Item 1 of Merck's Form 10-K for the year ended
Dec. 31, 2005, and in its periodic reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, which
the Company incorporates by reference.