Charlotte, NC – March 19, 2009 – MedAssist of Mecklenburg has been chosen by the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics and the NC attorney general’s office to be the central fill pharmacy for the state of North Carolina. Low-income people with no health insurance from all over the state will be able to receive their prescription medications free of charge, just as Mecklenburg County residents have been for the past 12 years.
Attorney general Roy Cooper came to MedAssist on March 19, 2009 for a press conference in which he announced the new central fill pharmacy. The $2.3 million grant comes as reimbursement for program expenses and will be distributed over the next two years. These funds are NC’s share of multi-state settlements with pharmaceutical companies.
It will take two years to roll out the program to all 100 counties state-wide. MedAssist is currently serving Onslow, Cleveland, Bumcombe, Stanley, Wake and Iredell counties by taking in prescriptions and filling a 90-day supply that is shipped back to the client’s physician.
“Too many people in this state are having to make the difficult and dangerous choice between paying their bills and paying for their prescriptions” said NC attorney general Roy Cooper. “We want to help low-income people get the medications they need.”
“MedAssist of Mecklenburg is privileged and excited to be the central fill pharmacy providing life-saving prescriptions for uninsured, low-income residents,” said Executive Director Lori Giang. “This program will enable many North Carolinians to get the medication they need to have an active, healthy and productive life.”
Information about participating in this program is available at www.ncfreeclinics.org or by calling 1-866-331-1348.