Several Duke GIM members volunteered at the NC MedAssist Mobile Free Pharmacy event on Saturday, December 4, located at Fisher Memorial United Holy Church of America in Durham.
The event provides low-income individuals and families with free over-the-counter medicine. NC MedAssist collaborates with community partners to organize free events throughout the state. Individuals receive items that include, but are not limited to pain relief, cold and cough medicine, allergy, digestive, vitamins, and even children’s medicines. The primary purpose of this event is to identify participants that may qualify for their free prescription pharmacy program.
“Our overall goal is to help ease the burden for those in need; aiding people who are making the choice between buying food and purchasing life-saving medication,” says said Sheila Kidwell, director of foundations and communication at NC MedAssist.
There were several other activities at the site, including a food giveaway, coat distribution, book harvest giveaway, vision screenings, and COVID-19 vaccines/boosters.