The Merck Medical Outreach Program (MMOP), managed by Merck’s Office of Corporate Responsibility, is one mechanism through which the company help to expand access to our products especially, in the developing world. The program enables Merck to donate critical pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer health products to a limited number of qualified, U.S.-based, private voluntary organizations (PVOs). The scope of MMOP varies from year to year and is influenced by changing medical needs in developing countries, the quantity of Merck medicines available for donation, and the random nature of natural and man-made disasters.
Donations of Merck medicines are made primarily through six qualified nongovernmental organizations (NGOs): AmeriCares, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), Direct Relief International, IMA World Health, MAP International, and Project HOPE. Each of these organizations has a long-standing relationship with the company; demonstrates integrity of purpose; provides assurance that Merck products will be securely warehoused and not diverted, mishandled or misappropriated; and has well-established programs for the ill and needy in developing countries. The company, through MMOP, monitors the NGOs and maintains the controls necessary for the proper distribution and handling of Merck medicines. Merck does not provide donations of expired products or of products with inadequate dating (allows for proper administration prior to expiration).
MMOP comprises three components: The Merck Annual Product Allotment Program, Ongoing Donations of Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines, and the Disaster and Emergency Relief.