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Community partners to bring free mobile pharmacy

NC MedAssist will hold a mobile free pharmacy event in Albemarle from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the E.E. Waddell Center, 621 Wall St., Albemarle.

The event, which is in collaboration with Atrium Health, is open to any low-income individual or family needing free over-the-counter medications.

Identification is not required to participate.

“Atrium Heath is proud to partner with NC MedAssist to bring the Mobile Free Pharmacy event to Albemarle,” said Carolinas HealthCare System Stanly President Brian Freeman. “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. We know that even with insurance, many individuals cannot afford OTC medication.”

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.

“NC MedAssist is excited to again work with Atrium Health to give back to our neighbors in need,” said CEO Lori Giang. “Through our collaboration we are able to reach more and more individuals and educate them on our free resources. 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 3,600 people in Stanly County that live below the federal poverty level and do not qualify for insurance.

Last fiscal year, NC MedAssist dispensed more than $48 million in free prescription medication statewide. For more on the Mobile Free Pharmacy and NC MedAssist, visit www.medassist.org.

Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines 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.

NC MedAssist dispenses more than $48.5 million worth of free prescription medication to 15,000 low-income North Carolinians each year.

To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist.org.