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N.C. MedAssist Returns to Region with Over the Counter Medicine Giveaway

For those with chronic diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure, going without medication should not be an option. But for someone who has no insurance, having to choose between buying medications or food for the family is a harsh reality.

With a grant from Triangle North Healthcare Foundation, N.C. MedAssist, a nonprofit pharmacy, has removed that dilemma for many uninsured patients with chronic conditions in the four counties served by the Foundation—Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin. Based in Charlotte, N.C. MedAssist provides prescriptions by mail to uninsured clients enrolled in the program.

N.C. MedAssist will return to our region with their Over-the-Counter Medicine Give Away, scheduled Tuesday, February 28th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Armory in Warrenton.

Hosted by the Warren County Health Department, the OTC Giveaway is open to any individual or family needing OTC medication. Identification is not required to participate.

Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is pleased to support the Over the Counter Medicine Program. We know that even with insurance, many individuals cannot afford those products that could enable them to treat things like fever, pain, and minor cuts at home. The Give Away helps those individuals fill their medicine cabinets with needed items such as children’s Tylenol, cold medicines, vitamins, and even Band-Aids.

This will be the first OTC event held in Warren County, but the fourth event sponsored by Triangle North Healthcare Foundation in the region. In September 2016, a similar event was held in Granville County and drew over 800 participants.

Again, individuals will receive $100 worth of OTC product which includes items such as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold medicine, and first-aid supplies.

It takes a lot of partners to make an event like this happen. In addition to the Warren County Health Department, NC MedAssist is collaborating with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare, Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunity, The Help Center of North Carolina to recruit community members to serve in roles such as pharmacy consultation, client personal shoppers, and OTC sorters.

Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy program, the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine program, and the Senior Care program. MedAssist dispenses more than $39 million worth of free prescription medication to 14,000 low-income North Carolinians each year. To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist.org, or call 704.350.3567.

  Val Short, MPH,  Executive Director, Triangle North  Healthcare Foundation