Community Partners to Host Free OTC Medicine Give Away

More than 1,500 community members received free over-the-counter medicine at an OTC Give Away Day held in April at the High Point University Community Center.

More than 1,700 community members received free over-the-counter medicine at an OTC Give Away Day held in April at the High Point University Community Center.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 30, 2016 – NC MedAssist, High Point University, the United Way of Greater High Point, the city of High Point and High Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church are partnering to host a free Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Give Away Day on Oct. 7.

The event will be held at HPU’s Community Center inside Oak Hollow Mall (921 Eastchester Drive) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to any individual or family needing OTC medication. Identification is not required to participate.

“United Way of Greater High Point is pleased to bring the Over the Counter Medicine Program back to High Point,” says UWGHP President Bobby Smith. “The OTC Give Away Day has a huge impact on our community. Last April, the event distributed over $170,000 worth of OTC product to our neighbors in need. Our goal is to improve the health of our community one person at a time. We know that even with insurance, many individuals cannot afford OTC products. The Give Away helps those individuals fill their medicine cabinets with needed items such as children’s Tylenol and allergy medicine.”

This will be the fifth OTC event held in the High Point area. Last April, over 1,700 individuals received over $100 each worth of OTC product which included items such as allergy relief, pain relief, indigestion relief, cold medicine, first-aid and vitamins. In addition to OTC product, High Point Regional and UNC Regional Physicians will be administering flu shots on a first come, first serve basis. Faculty and students from HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy will perform blood pressure and other health screenings, as well as assist in other aspects of the event, such as helping attendees determine which OTC medications best fit their needs.

“We are honored to again be working with NC MedAssist to bring the Over the Counter Medicine Give Away Day back to High Point,” says Food Pantry Director Jo Williams.  “Through this collaboration, we will be able to distribute more than $200,000 in OTC medications to the people that need.”

The OTC program is completely volunteer run, and there are opportunities for community members to serve in roles such as pharmacy consultation, client personal shoppers, and OTC sorters. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit www.medassist.org to sign up.

“High Point University is proud to again partner with NC MedAssist and High Point Seventh-Day Adventist on Oct. 7,” says Dr. Joseph Blosser, Community Foundation board member and Robert G. Culp Jr. director of service learning and assistant professor of religion and philosophy at High Point University. “Our students and faculty play an instrumental role in the event by volunteering as pharmacy consultants. We are honored to be a part of this event and we look forward to serving our community.”

NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for those who are making the choice between buying food or purchasing medication.

3) HPU student Erin Scerra helped a community member at the giveaway event.

HPU student Erin Scerra helped a community member at the giveaway event.

“NC MedAssist is excited to again give back to our High Point neighbors,” says Executive Director Lori Giang. “Through our partnerships with Seventh Day Adventist, the United Way of Greater High Point and High Point University, we are able to reach more and more individuals and educate them on our free resources. No one in High Point 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 33,000 people in Guilford 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.

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