Merck's America's Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals campaign is aimed at persuading patients to do what it takes to keep their blood sugar in check. Now, Merck is launching a similar campaign aimed at the Hispanic community, which is disproportionately affected by the disease.
Back in April, Merck rolled out its America's Diabetes Challenge: Get to Your Goals campaign, aimed at persuading patients to do what it takes to keep their blood sugar in check. Now, Merck has a new-but-similar campaign launching, but with a tighter focus: the Hispanic community, which is disproportionately affected by the disease.
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