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NC MedAssist is hosting a local mobile free pharmacy event in partnership with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare on Friday, August 6. 

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Roanoke Rapids Theatre.

This free medicine giveaway is open to any individual or family in need of over-the-counter medication items. 

Such items include cough and cold medicines, vitamins, allergy medications, first aid supplies and other items. Participants must be at least 18 years old to receive medicine. No identification is required.

This mobile medicine giveaway will be held as a drive-through only event. 

In order to comply with local recommended guidelines, all participants will remain in their vehicles while volunteers retrieve their medicine. 

Participants are encouraged to pre-order their over-the-counter medicine online by visiting this link and selecting their event. 

Not all events have online order availability, however, additional options are available the day of the event so that all participants are able to receive medicine. 

All OTC items are given out on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last.

At the event, participants will receive information on NC MedAssist’s Free Pharmacy Program, which mails free prescription medications directly to a patient’s home.  

NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for those in need; it is aiding people who are making the choice between buying food and purchasing life-saving medication.

“Due to the pandemic, we had to create a new and innovative way to continue serving the community. We will be bringing close to $100,000 worth of OTC medicine to the event to be distributed to those most in need,” said Sheila Kidwell, director of foundations and communication at NC MedAssist. “We understand there is a pressing need, especially in the midst of allergy season. Our goal in partnering with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is to improve the health of the community, one family at a time.”

The events serve an average of 800 individuals. 

To ensure the event runs smoothly, many volunteers are needed. 

NC MedAssist is partnered with safety-net organizations to recruit community members to serve in volunteer roles such as pharmacy consultation, client personal shoppers, and sorters. However, the charitable organization is still actively seeking volunteers for the Mobile Free Pharmacy Event from the community. Any available individuals can sign up at this link