Merck has launched a new business focused on providing comprehensive, evidence-based weight management interventions for employers, hospitals, medical groups, health plans, and patients. The business will provide weight management interventions that combine a structured diet, behavior coaching and monitoring and physical activity to achieve clinically meaningful weight loss to help reduce the risks of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
A company has been created called HMR Weight Management Services Corp., which combines Merck’s capabilities and assets from Health Management Resources Corporation (HMR), a provider of medical weight management services. The new company will operate as a subsidiary of Merck.
“We’re excited to provide scalable weight management interventions based on approaches that have shown consistent results in clinical trials, and that have been effective in the battle against obesity,” said Len Tacconi, president of HMR Weight Management Services Corp.
The business welcomes all customers to its programs and services regardless of their use of any medicines or programs offered by Merck or any other company, according to a Merck statement.