Apr 092015

FREE OTC Medicine Give Away and Blood Pressure Screenings for Anyone in Need NC MedAssist and Care Ring Collaborate to Bring Health Care Resources to Our Neighbors in Need


What: FREE Over the Counter Medicine Give Away and Blood Pressure Screenings

When: Friday, April 10th, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216


Event Summary:

NC MedAssist is hosting a FREE Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Give Away Day at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Friday. All are welcome but must attest to having a financial need.

Participants will have the chance to select OTC medications based on their health needs. Each participant will receive over $80 worth of OTC medications that include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Allergy Relief
  • Children’s Medications
  • Aspirin, Tylenol, Aleve
  • Vitamins
  • First Aid

NC MedAssist’s goal is to help alleviate the strain on the health care system by providing medications to those who normally use the emergency room for reasons such as fever, minor pain relief and treating cold and flu symptoms.

To continue striving towards a healthier community, MedAssist is collaborating with Care Ring, a nonprofit dedicated to providing preventative health services, for the April 10th Give Away Day. Care Ring representatives will be on hand to administer blood pressure screenings and to answer any important health related questions from participants.

Fast Facts:

  • All OTC medicine is free and donated by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
  • Volunteers at MedAssist sort and distribute the medicine to families in and around the Greater Mecklenburg area.
  • Since its inception, MedAssist has distributed over $1.2 million in donated OTC medicine.
  • Approximately 4,000 individuals have participated in an OTC Giveaway Day, receiving free medicine that they can’t otherwise afford.

Help Needed: Both volunteer groups and individuals are needed to help sort medicine on delivery days and distribute medicine during monthly giveaways days. Interested individuals and large groups from local businesses, churches, sororities, and fraternities are encouraged to contact Tonia Harris at 704.350.3574 or tharris@medassist.org.

 About NC MedAssist: Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy program, the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine program, and the Senior Care program. MedAssist dispenses more than $20 million worth of free prescription medication to 10,000 low-income North Carolinians each year. To learn more about NC MedAssist and find out how to get involved, visit www.medassist.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.



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