NC MedAssist’s Health Care Resources Coming Saturday To Johnston County

Photos from the Johnston County mobile pharmacy in November 2018.

NC MedAssist is holding a Mobile Free Pharmacy Event in Johnston County on Saturday, November 16th.  The event is open to any individual or family needing over-the-counter (OTC) medications.  The event will be held at Johnston Medical Mall at 514 North Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield from 9:00am – 2:00pm. Participants must be at least 18 years old to receive medicine. Everyone will receive up to eight OTC medicine items free of charge.  No identification is required.

 “NC MedAssist is excited to host a Mobile Free Pharmacy event in Johnston County,” said NC MedAssist CEO, Lori Giang. “Together with our community partners, we are bringing free over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol and Band-Aids, to area residents. No one should ever go without medicine and the Mobile Free Pharmacy Program enables us to reach those who are unaware of our free resources.”

“We are pleased to partner with NC MedAssist and bring the Mobile Free Pharmacy to Johnston County,” said Elwanda Hyman-Farrow, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Psi Sigma Omega Chapter which is supporting the NC MedAssist initiative, “This event helps members of our community gain access to necessary over the counter medications and additional resources available in our area.”

The Mobile Free Pharmacy events have served upwards of 800 people, at times. To ensure the event runs smoothly and that all participants are served by the end, many volunteers are needed. NC MedAssist is partnered with other safety-net organizations to recruit community members to serve in volunteer roles such as pharmacy consultation, client ‘personal shoppers’, and sorters. However, the charitable organization is still actively seeking volunteers for the Mobile Free Pharmacy Event from the community. Any available individuals can sign up at

Photos from the Johnston County mobile pharmacy in November 2018.

At the event, information will also be available about enrolling in the NC MedAssist Free Pharmacy Program, which mails free prescription medications directly to a patient’s home. NC MedAssist’s overall goal is to help ease the burden for those in need; it is aiding people who are making the choice between buying food and purchasing life-saving medication. Over the last fiscal year, NC MedAssist distributed over $68 million in free prescription medication statewide. Of course, this would not be possible without the numerous, dedicated volunteers.

About NC MedAssist: Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medication to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. NC MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy Program, the Mobile Free Pharmacy program, and the Senior Care Program. NC MedAssist dispenses more than $74.4 million worth of free prescription and over-the-counter medication to 57,189 low-income North Carolinians each year through the above mentioned programs, as well as the Free OTC Store located in Charlotte, NC. Learn more about NC MedAssist at