Mobile pharmacy to offer free medicine


From Contributed Reports

Saturday, February 16, 2019

NC MedAssist will hold a Mobile Free Pharmacy Event on March 1 in Tarboro.

The event, which is in collaboration with Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, is open to any individual or family needing over-the-counter medications. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the E.L. Roberson Center at 305 W. Baker St. Identification is not required to participate but people must be at least 18 years of age.

“We are looking forward to bringing the NC MedAssist Mobile Free Pharmacy to Edgecombe County,” said Michele Cherry, manager of grants and special projects at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital. “The Mobile Free Pharmacy event is an opportunity for us to make an impact on the health and wellness of the community. We look forward to helping provide health resources and education to individuals and families in this community.”

People will receive up to up to eight OTC items for their family or home. Information will also be available on enrolling in the NC MedAssist 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.

“NC MedAssist is excited to host a Mobile Free Pharmacy event in Edgecombe County,” stated NC MedAssist CEO Lori Giang. “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.”

Free health screenings will be available on site and the Sheriff’s Department will be on hand overseeing an expired orunused prescription-OTC medicine disposal. 

To ensure the event runs smoothly and that all participants — up to 800 at times — are served before the doors close, many volunteers are needed. NC MedAssist is partnering with Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and other safety-net organizations to recruit Local residents to serve in volunteer roles such as pharmacy consultation, client ‘personal shoppers’ and sorters. If you would like to volunteer, visit www.medassist.org/volunteer to sign up.

There are currently more than 13,000 people in Edgecombe County that live below the Federal Poverty Level and do not qualify for insurance. Last fiscal year, NC MedAssist dispensed over $68.5 million in free prescription medication statewide. For more information on the Mobile Free Pharmacy and NC MedAssist, visit www.medassist.org.