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Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: NC MedAssist's mission is to assist low-income, uninsured North Carolina residents by operating a licensed pharmacy that provides free medication, health care advocacy, and related educational services.

Results: Dr. Terri Manning at CPCC collects completed surveys, analyzes the results and produces an annual report to MedAssist. Averaging three years of surveys, our clients report that 98% are more compliant with taking their medication as directed by their provider, 93% have fewer ER visits, 92% have fewer nursing home or hospital stays as a result of our services and 90% reported they felt that their overall health had improved.

Target demographics: There are more than 1 million low-income, uninsured people in North Carolina. Many of them must choose between buying food or their needed medications. NC MedAssist eliminates that choice by providing free medicines to North Carolinians in need.

Programs: Nc medassist is a nonprofit pharmacy program providing access to lifesaving prescription medications, patient support, advocacy and related services to poor, vulnerable, and uninsured north carolina residents. Within the pharmacy program, the manufactures are pulling the donated name brand drugs from their free assistance programs. Medassist must then pay for the generic alternative. Therefore, our costs are increasing dramatically. The over the counter (otc) medicine program receives donated otc medicine from second harvest food bank of metrolina. Over $900,000 in average retail cost of otc medicine went out to low-income families this year. Studies show that for every $1 in value of otc medicine spent, there is a $6 savings in health care costs prevented. The senior care program is a pharmacy resource for adults 65 and over or medicare eligible disabled adults. If medicare part d prescription benefits run out during the year, seniors can utilize the program to learn about other medicine options from our pharmacist who is an expert in medicare policies.

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