June 30, 2011


Merck announces new name for its animal health division


Press Release



Merck's animal health division, formerly known as Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, has announced its new name Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the US and Canada.


"The name change reflects Merck's commitment to animal health and its complementary role to the overall business," said Raul Kohan, President of Merck Animal Health. "We aim to generate additional value and sustained growth by continuing to provide integrated solutions with innovative animal health products and services to meet the evolving needs of our customers."


Kohan continued, "With the scientific and business backing of Merck, Merck Animal Health possesses the necessary mix of resources to enhance our position as an industry leader."


The name change follows the joint announcement on March 22 by Merck and sanofi-aventis that ended plans to form a new animal health joint venture. Both companies mutually decided to discontinue their agreement primarily because of the increasing complexity of implementing the proposed transaction.


Merck Animal Health generated global sales of US$2.9 billion in 2010.

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