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Merck & Co., the maker of the cholesterol drug Zocor and asthma medicine Singulair, said it will introduce a discount program for the estimated 45 million people in the U.S. who don't have prescription-drug insurance.

Starting April 25, patients can get certificates from pharmacies, doctors' offices, clinics, churches and community centers that give them 10 percent off of some Merck medications, the company said in a statement. Patients can get 15 percent to 40 percent off some drugs by enrolling in the full program, Whitehouse Station, New Jersey-based Merck said.

Drugmakers including Abbott Laboratories earlier this month said they would start a one-stop shop for patients trying to navigate the 275 programs that provide financial assistance for prescription medicines.

The service will direct patients to 150 discount programs operated by manufacturers and 125 other plans.