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The history of the companies that make up the lineage of the makers of Frontline pet products is as interesting as researching a family tree. The earliest known ancestor would be Merck, established in 1668 when Fredrich Jacob Merck bought a small apothecary known as “At the Sign of the Angel” located in Darmstadt, Germany.

This store, located near a castle, remained under the auspices of the Merck family for generations. In the early 1800s, Heinrich Merck restructured the pharmacy into a drug manufacturing plant and the first products of E. Merck & Co. were cocaine, codeine and morphine. In the late 1800s, Merck‘s grandson George expanded the company and opened a plant site in New Jersey.

At the time of World War I, Merck sold a sizeable portion of stocks in the German-based Merck plant. Although he retained ownership of the corporation, the stocks sold to the public for the first time through the Alien Property Custodian of the United States.

Early Business Decisions

Merck was hailed as a patriotic citizen for his decisions before and during World War I. This would set a gold standard of excellence for the Merck name that would continue for decades to come.

In 1927, George W. Merck, the heir apparent of the elder George Merck, merged Merck with Powers-Weightman-Rosengarten, a pharmaceutical company in Philadelphia whose primary contribution to drug marketing was an anti-malarial qui-nine.

The company was restructured as Merck & Co, Inc. and the company produced breakthrough drugs, treatments and medical textbooks that are still considered the best in the industry. Notable drug research brought forth Vitamin B12, steroidal cortisone, streptomycin and other life-changing pharmaceuticals.

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Frontline in the 1950's

However, by the 1950s, intense competition and a stagnant research period led to a merger with Sharpe & Dohme, which had its beginning as an apothecary in Baltimore, Maryland in 1845. The new company was now known as Merck, Sharpe & Dohme and brought sulfa drugs, blood plasma products and vaccines under the Merck umbrella.

The death of George W. Merck in 1957 signaled the last family member who held the title of chief executive although family members sat on the board through the 1980s.

However, the principal CEOs went on to acquire Baltimore Aircoil, an industrial cooling equipment company, Calgon, the maker of water treatment products and services, and Kelco, the manufacturer of designer chemicals. Diversification was both good and bad for the Merck, Sharpe & Dohmecompany, but the bottom line was that the pharmaceutical division suffered under this period of diversification.

John H. Honran assumed the mantle of leadership in 1976 and his focus turned the company back to its original roots of innovative drug research, effective product introduction and he divested the company of losing acquisitions to bolster the bottom line.

Foreign Product Line

Even as the company research division and scientists introduced new drugs for glaucoma and parasites in animals, Honran began improving on and obtaining licensure for foreign products.

By 1982, Merck was in partnership with Banyu Pharmaceutical Co. of Japan and in 1984, one of the more profitable partnerships with Astra AB in Sweden would result in another merger and a new name, Astra Merck, Inc.

Meanwhile, Merck continued its acquisitions and mergers with such companies as E.I. du Pont, Johnson & Johnson, Connaught Laboratories, and Medco Containments Services. However, it was the joint venture between Merck’s animal health unit with the similar unit of Rhone-Poulenc S.A. that the veterinary pharmaceutical company, Merial was created in 1999.


Merial Today

Today, Merial stands as the largest animal pharmaceutical and research company in the global arena. Partnered with universities and research institutes, Merial produces some of the best products available for household pets, livestock, and exotic wildlife.

The products range from immunization for known rabies carriers such as raccoons and coyotes to the popular Frontline flea and tick products for dogs and cats.

One of the best sources for Frontline products is on the Merial website. Here pet owners can download coupons for redemption through their veterinarians and animal health professionals.

The site offers a complete product catalog as well as an extensive section on pet health, traveling advice, a veterinarian locator, a section called “Happy Tales” devoted to stories about animals rescued from dire situations and placed into new homes and a reminder service for new applications of Frontline products and veterinary appointments.

Frontline Site

Merial has also established a website just for Frontline and visitors to the site can gain even more information on the application and purposes for the Frontline defense against fleas and ticks.

The Frontline site has many of the same resources as the Merial parent site but it also offers customers the ability to convert photos of their pets into photos, calendars and wallpapers as well as e-cards. There is also information on disaster relief, adopting a shelter pet and veterinarian resources.

Getting Frontline Coupons

Another outlet for Frontline coupons can be found through veterinary clinics and offices, local pet stores and wholesale animal discount houses. However, for pet owners who want to learn more about their pets and enjoy an interactive experience, the best choice for Frontline coupons is the Merial parent site or the Frontline product website.

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