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Press Release, NC MedAssist
NC MedAssist is holding a Mobile Free Pharmacy Event in Franklin County, NC on Friday, August 30, 2019. The event is open to any individual or family needing over-the-counter medications.
The event will be held at Louisburg Senior Citizens Center (127 Shannon Village, Louisburg, NC 27549). Participants must be at least 18 years old to receive medicine. Everyone will receive up to eight items free of charge. No identification is required.
Val Short, Executive Director of Triangle North Healthcare Foundation, said, “We are pleased that the NC MedAssist Mobile Free Pharmacy is coming to Franklin County. The Foundation is a funder for this event, which provides much-needed over-the-counter medications that can be unaffordable to many in our region.”
“NC MedAssist is excited to host a Mobile Free Pharmacy event in Franklin County,” said NC MedAssist CEO, Lori Giang. She shared: “Together with our community partners, we are bringing free over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol and Band-Aids, to area residents. No one should ever go without medicine and the Mobile Free Pharmacy Program enables us to reach those who are unaware of our free resources.”
The Mobile Free Pharmacy events have served upwards of 800 people, at times. To ensure the event runs smoothly and that all participants are served by the end, many volunteers are needed. NC MedAssist is partnered with other safety-net organizations to recruit community members to serve in volunteer roles such as pharmacy consultation, client ‘personal shoppers’, and sorters. However, the charitable organization is still actively seeking volunteers for the Mobile Free Pharmacy Event from the community. Any available individuals can sign up at www.medassist.org/volunteer.
At the event, information will also be available about enrolling in the NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program, which mails free prescription medications directly to a patient’s home.
NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for those in need; it is aiding people who are making the choice between buying food and purchasing life-saving medication. Over the last fiscal year, NC MedAssist distributed over $68.5 million in free prescriptions and over-the-counter medications statewide. Of course, this would not be possible without the numerous, dedicated volunteers.
In the region served by Triangle North Healthcare Foundation, over 600 individuals have been served by NC MedAssist through grants from the Foundation.
NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy, founded in 1997. The organization provides free prescription medication to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. NC MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy Program, the Mobile Free Pharmacy, and the Senior Care Program.
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