Mobile pharmacy brings free OTC drugs to 43 counties

NC MedAssist's mobile free pharmacy wants to make OTC medications more accessible to low-income people across North Carolina. Fourteen mobile free pharmacy events have been planned for 2020 so far. Last year, the program visited 43 counties, packing boxes of such OTC products as ibuprofen, antacids, and allergy tablets.

NC MedAssist's mobile free pharmacy wants to make OTC medications more accessible to low-income people across North Carolina. Fourteen mobile free pharmacy events have been planned for 2020 so far. Last year, the program visited 43 counties, packing boxes of such OTC products as ibuprofen, antacids, and allergy tablets. Anyone aged 18 years and older can receive the OTC products, which are donated by pharmacies such as CVS Health, Walgreens, and Walmart and are distributed at churches and community centers. NC MedAssist Events Coordinator Kinzie Luce says an average of 400–600 people attend each event, but sometimes as many as 1,000 attend. Luce says, "We'll give them about 10 items and that can be digestive aids, pain relief, children's medicine, vitamins. Pretty much anything they can think of that they might find in their local pharmacy." Residents who are uninsured and do not qualify for Medicaid or help from the Veterans Administration and who are at or below 200% of the federal poverty line can also obtain certain prescription medications. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that about a third of the residents in the state meet that threshold.