WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue University students and staff have access to a new kind of vending machine, but it's not full of snacks and drinks.
Purdue's pharmacy vending machines sell common over-the-counter medications like cold and flu remedies, as well as family planning items like condoms, emergency contraception and pregnancy tests.
The machines accept cash and credit cards and also provide free pads and tampons.
Nicole Noel, director of the Purdue University Pharmacy, says the items are provided directly from the pharmacy.
"One of our goals all along was to increase accessibility, convenience and then also keep things affordable for our students ... making sure that our consumers know that they're coming from a valid and reliable wholesaler," she says.
Allison Novorita, a senior studying public health, says they're a convenient option for students.
"A lot of first-years are stuck without a car to go to pharmacies," she says. "We wanted to ensure they would have access to pharmacy vending machine products 24-7."
The machines are located at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center and the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.