According to documents located on Merck’s website, at least $3,592,850 dollars was paid to Medscape LLC, a subsidiary of WebMD Health, from 2008 through 2012. If you factor in other cancer programs promoted on WebMD by Merck, the total figure comes to $3,982,850. The amount is likely higher as one of the documents on the website is unavailable.
The table itemizing the payments at the end of the article is very revealing.
The author asks this question:
Do you really think Merck invested all of this money to educate you about vaccines or to sell their product?
As a former PR/marketing employee, I know the answer to this question.