Merck Discount Card

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Drug maker Merck and Company says it will launch an effort to try to help uninsured Americans. It's going to distribute a card that will let them get discounts on some of the medicines the company makes.

A company official says the card will be available to anyone without health insurance, regardless of age or income. The card, which will be available April 25th, will provide them with discounts of 15 to 40 percent.

A rival discount card for the uninsured from ten drug companies announced earlier this year has age and income requirements.

Merck makes some the country's most popular drugs including the cholesterol-lowering agent Zocor and the asthma drug Singulair.

A spokeswoman isn't saying how much the program is costing Merck.

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