Over-the-counter medication to be given away for free at 'Mobile Free Pharmacy' event

Posted at 6:37 AM, Oct 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-10 07:59:06-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - A trailer has made its way to the College of the Albemarle Saturday, October 10, where it will hand out free over-the-counter medication and prescriptions at no charge.

The event is made possible between Sentara Healthcare and MedAssist, a non-profit that helps provide medication at no cost to people in need throughout North Carolina.

This event will be drive-through only because of the coronavirus pandemic. Attendees will be asked to stay in their cars to pick up their medication.

Attendees must be at least 18 years old and will be limited to eight medications. Some items given away include cough and cold medicine, vitamins, allergy medication and first aid supplies.

“Due to the pandemic, we had to create a new and innovative way to continue serving the community. Rather than having one large event with people standing in line and sitting next to each other, we have implemented a drive-thru system to minimize contact,” Sheila Kidwell, Director of Foundations and Communication, said in a press release. “We will be bringing close to $100,000 worth of OTC medicine to the event to be distributed to area residents. We understand there is a pressing need, especially with the cold and flu season right around the corner. Our goal in this partnership is to improve the health of the community, one individual or family at a time.”

The Mobile Free Pharmacy will be serving the community Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Anyone interested is encouraged to reserve their medication ahead of time using this link.

Free flu shots will also be provided. Nursing students from the college will also be present and help hand out medication.