Community Partners Host Free OTC Medicine Giveaway

Pharmacy

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 6, 2018 – NC MedAssist, High Point University’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy, the city of High Point, United Way of Greater High Point and High Point Seventh-Day Adventist Church all came together on Sept. 6 to provide the community with free over-the-counter medicines and health screenings. The event was held in the High Point University Community Center.

Faculty and students acted as on-site consultants, helping shoppers choose the proper medication based on requests.

“I’m very grateful,” said Clyde Davis, a High Point resident. “Helping people is what it’s all about, and the university really cares about its people.”

HPU faculty believe this is a great opportunity for students to get real, hands-on learning experience in the pharmacy field.

“HPU has absolutely prepared us for these situations, especially in our first year when we talk about the OTC products,” said Mindy Prince, an HPU pharmacy student. “I love how hands-on HPU is with the community and being able to have access to participate in these events is a really big deal. I love that HPU offers this.”

Students also answered any health questions from community members and performed screenings including blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index and body fat percentage.

“We are exposed to the community with our Standardized Client program, but this allows us to have that one-on-one experience with patients,” said Karlie Wieder, an HPU pharmacy student. “Being able to help them in all sorts of ways such as the forms, their medications, over-the-counter products and being able to explain those things is a really good feeling.”

This was the first time the event returned to High Point in a year.

“It was good,” says Sasha Kimber, a High Point resident. “The students were very helpful, nice and patient. They explained everything to me and broke everything down. It’s good they’re doing this for the community.”

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