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CaroMont Partners with NC MedAssist to Provide Basic OTC Medicine to Residents

05-26-2017

Free Over-the-Counter-Medicine Give-Away Returns to Gaston County

NC MedAssist will hold a free OvertheCounter (OTC) Medicine Give Away Day in Gastonia on Friday, June 9, 2017. The event, which is sponsored byCaroMont Health and The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services,is open to any individual or family needing OTC medication. The giveaway will be held from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in their Family Life Center (190 E. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28502). Identification is not required to participate.

“CaroMont Health is proud to co-sponsor the Over-the-Counter Medicine Give-Away in Gaston County because of the tremendous impact it has on the community,” said Andrea Serra, VP Community Care Services at CaroMont Health. “Many people want to take a more proactive approach with their health, and the giveaway helps these individuals fill their medicine cabinets with basic items such as allergy, cold and flu medication, as well as vitamins, and even Band-Aids.”

This will be the fifth OTC event held in Gaston County. In December 2016, NC MedAssist served 577 individuals through a similar give away event. Individuals will receiveapproximately $100 worth of OTC product which includes items such as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold medicine, first-aid and vitamins. NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for those who are making the choice between buying food and purchasing medication.

“Together with NC MedAssist and CaroMont Health, our goal is to improve community health by increasing access to health resources,” stated Gaston DHHS Director Chris Dobbins. “We know that even with insurance, many individuals still cannot afford critical OTC products like those distributed during this event. We are thrilled that this partnership will reduce barriers to health for our citizens.”

The OTC program relies on community volunteers. Serving close to 800 individuals in one day takes many hands to make sure the program runs smoothly and ensures that all patients are served before the door closes. NC MedAssist is collaborating withthe CaroMont Health, the Department of Health and Human Services and Gaston Family Health to recruit community members to serve in roles such as pharmacy consultation, client ‘personal shoppers’, and OTC sorters. If you would like to volunteer, please visit www.medassist.org to sign up.

“We are honored to bring an OTC Give Away Day back to Gaston County,” stated Executive Director Lori Giang. “NC MedAssist is excited to work with the community to give back to our neighbors in need. Through the OTC Give Away, we will be able to reach more and more individuals and educate them on our free pharmacy program resources. No one should go without medicine, and this program is enabling us to reach those who are unaware of our services.”

Last fiscal year, NC MedAssist distributed more than $1.9 million dollars of donated OTC medication to North Carolina individuals and clinic partners.This fiscal year, the organization plans to distribute more than $2 million.

There are currently more than 14,000 adultsin Gaston County who live below the federal poverty level and do not qualify for insurance. For more information on the OTC Program and NC MedAssist, please visit www.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 TheCounter (OTC) Medicine program, and the Senior Care program. MedAssist dispenses more than $39 million worth of free prescription medication to 14,000 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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