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Merck & Co.

Company nameMerck & Co., Inc.
(Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) outside the United States and Canada)
Company typePublic
Founded1891 as a subsidiary of Merck KGaA
1917 as an independent company
HeadquartersWhitehouse Station, New Jersey, United States
Key peopleRichard T. Clark
Kenneth Frazier
(President and CEO)
Zocor Vioxx Fosamax
See more complete products listing.
Revenue(+) US$ 45.987 billion (2010)
Operating income(-) US$ 1.653 billion (2010)
Net income(-) US$ 861 million (2010)
Total assets(-) US$ 105.781 billion (2010)
Total equity(-) US$ 56.805 billion (2010)
Employees94,000 (2010)

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Merck & Co., Inc. (Nyse - MRK), also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme or MSD outside the United States and Canada, is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. The Merck headquarters is located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, an unincorporated area in Readington Township. The company was established in 1891 as the United States subsidiary of the German company now known as Merck KGaA. In common with many other German assets in the United States, Merck & Co. was confiscated in 1917 during World War I and then set up as an independent company. Currently, it is one of the seven largest pharmaceutical companies in the world both by market capitalization and revenue.

Merck & Co. or MSD describes itself as a "a global research-driven pharmaceutical company. Merck discovers, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of innovative products to improve human and animal health, directly and through its joint ventures." The Merck Company Foundation has distributed over $480 million to educational and non-profit organizations since it was founded in 1957.

Merck publishes The Merck Manuals, a series of medical reference books. These include the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, the world's best-selling medical textbook, and the Merck Index, a collection of information about chemical compounds.

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