Free medications being offered

By: By Natalie Davis - Staff Writer

NC MedAssist, in collaboration with Atrium Health, will hold a mobile free pharmacy event in Wadesboro July 13, which is is open to any low-income individual or family needing free over-the-counter medications.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lockhart-Taylor Center, located at 514 N. Washington St. Identification is not required to participate.

“Atrium Heath is proud to partner with NC MedAssist to bring the Mobile Free Pharmacy event to Wadesboro,” said senior manager Holli Helms.

Helms also said the event is expected to have a huge impact on the community.

“Our mission at Atrium Health is to bring health, hope and healing to all and what better way than to partner with NC MedAssist to do so,” she added. “We know that even with insurance, many individuals cannot afford OTC product.”

Individuals will receive up to 10 medicine cabinet items for their family/home. Additionally, participants will receive information on NC MedAssist’s free pharmacy program.

NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for those who are making the choice between buying food or purchasing medication.

The event is completely volunteer-run, and expected to serve 800 people.

NC MedAssist is partnering with Atrium Health and other safety-net organizations to recruit community members to serve in roles such as pharmacy consultation, client “personal shoppers” and sorters. To volunteer, please visit www.medassist.org to sign up.

“NC MedAssist is excited to again work with Atrium Health to give back to our neighbors in need,” stated CEO Lori Giang.

“Through our collaboration we are able to reach more and more individuals and educate them on our free resources,” she added. “No one should go without medicine and this program is enabling us to reach those who are unaware of our free medications.”

There are currently more than 1,700 people in Anson County who live below the federal poverty level and do not qualify for insurance.

The release also stated that last fiscal year, NC MedAssist dispensed more than $48 million in free prescription medication statewide.

Reach Natalie Davis at 704-994-5471 or ndavis@ansonrecord.com.

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By Natalie Davis

Staff Writer