In The News


Below are media stories featuring NC MedAssist programs and patients.  

For media requests and opportunities, please contact Sheila Kidwell, Director of Foundations and Communications.

July 2020

Free medicine giveaway coming to Shelby, Shelby Star, Cleveland County

Free Medicine Giveaway coming to Shelby, Gaston Gazette, Gaston County

June 2020

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review – June 2020 #3, JD Supra: Sausalito, California

NC MedAssist’s Health Care Resources headed to county, The Stanley News & Press, Stanley Co.

Outer Banks Community Foundation awards $37,000 to 14 nonprofits, The Coastland Times, Dare Co.

Health Alert, Buncombe County, WLOS News

Q: Is there a program where I can get assistance with the cost of medications? Forsyth County, Winston Salem Journal

February 2020

We are excited to announce Stokes MedAssist 2020! Stokes Citizens, Stokes County

Mobile Free Pharmacy in Gastonia on Friday, The Francene Marie Show, K104.7

Beaufort Vidant Hospital is partnering with NC MedAssist to host a free Over-the-Counter Medication Giveaway on Friday, February 28.

Posted by WITN-TV on Monday, February 24, 2020

January 2020

Mobile Free Pharmacy coming up on Feb. 21, NC MedAssist, Henderson Dispatch

Coming in February: Medicine Giveaway and Grant Writing A to Z, Val Short, The Daily Dispatch

Mobile Pharmacy Brings Free Over-The-Counter Drugs To 43 Counties, Claire Donnelly, Blue Ridge Public Radio, WFAE News

December 2019

Exercise still key for weight maintenance, The Courier Times, Person County

NC MedAssist’s Healthcare Resources coming to Person, The Courier Times, Person County

NC MedAssist to provide free over-the-counter medication in Cabarrus County, Independent Tribune, Cabarrus County

November 2019

NC MedAssist holding free mobile pharmacy event, Independent Tribune, Cabarrus County

Meeting a medical need, Diane Turbyfill, The Shelby Star, Cleveland County

Giveaway offers free, over-the-counter medications, The Shelby Star, Cleveland County

October 2019

Event in Stanly County provides free OTC meds for families in need, Genevieve Curtis, Channel 9, WSOCTV

Free over-the-counter medicine being given out Thursday at CUMC, The Enquirer Journal, Union County

September 2019

NC MedAssist’s Health Care Resources Coming To Lincoln County, Lincoln Herald, Lincolnton County

NC MedAssist: Dispensing hope to the hopeless: North Carolinians in need rely on free medication from NC MedAssist, Elliott Rivette, Elon News Network

NC MedAssist giving away free over-the-counter medications at Cabarrus County event, Independent Tribune, Cabarrus County

Nonprofit gives away free over-the-counter medication in Raleigh, ABC 11, Wake County

Mobile Free Pharmacy Assistance, Jodi Berry, Foxy 107.1-104.3, Wake County

NC MedAssist prescription program provides safety net for uninsured, Val Short, TNHF, The Daily Dispatch

August 2019

Mobile pharmacy event to help community, Richard Holm, Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald, Halifax County

Mobile Free Pharmacy happening in Louisburg Aug. 30, The Daily Dispatch, Franklin County

Cabarrus HealthNet and MedAssist Enrollment Services, Community Free Clinic, Cabarrus County

The Outer Banks Hospital Awards $135,000 in Grants to Local Agencies, The Outer Banks Voice, Dare County

Foundation for a Healthy High Point announces spring 2019 grant awards, Greensboro News & Record

July 2019

Novant Health and MedAssist free over-the-counter Medicine Giveaway – Charlotte, Novant Health

Mobile pharmacy day scheduled, The Wilson Times, Nash County

Mobile Free Pharmacy Event Set for July 18th, Anson Record

NC MedAssist’s Free Health Care Resources Coming to Anson July 18, The Express, Anson County

Invitan a jornada de farmacia móvil gratuita y pruebas médicas, La Noticia, Mecklenburg County

Entrega de medicamentos y exámenes de salud el 12 de julio en Greensboro, Qué Pasa, Greensboro/Winston-Salem

June 2019

Local Advocates Join Others Across the State to Rally for Medicaid Expansion, Karen Eckert, Greenville Daily Reflector

NC MedAssist brings Mobile Free Pharmacy to Thomasville Wednesday, The Courier Tribune

On the Calendar: Medicine Giveaway, Gaston Gazette, Gaston County

Health Happenings, Greensboro News & Record

May 2019

Medicine Giveaways Coming to Gaston County, The Gaston Gazette

Mobile Free Pharmacy coming to DCCC, Ben Coley, The Dispatcher

Greenville Event Aims to Help People with Prescription Costs, Heather King, WITN

Mobile pharmacy to bring free OTC medications to Brevard, Blue Ridge Now Times-Online, Transylvania County

Why You Should Volunteer with NC MedAssist, Spaugh Dameron Tenny website

Community Partners to bring NC MedAssists Mobile Free Pharmacy to Brevard, The Courier Tribune, Transylvania County

Free medication event to be held, Bill Colvard, The Mt. Airy News, Surry County

Community Partners to Bring NC MedAssist’s Free Mobile Pharmacy and Health Care Resources to Individuals in Need, Cone Health, Guilford County

Outsiders Help Solve Care Access Problems in Charlotte, Yen Duong, NC Health News

Healthcare gap Grows between Haves, Have-Nots, but there’s Help, Victoria Bragunier, The Outer Banks Voice

April 2019

MedAssist Fills Prescriptions for Tarheels in Need, Yen, Duong, NC Health News

MedAssist to dispense free medicine, The Stokes News, Stokes County

Community Partners to Bring NC MedAssist’s Free Mobile Pharmacy and Health Care Resources to Individuals in Need, Outer Banks Common Good, Dare County

NC MedAssist’s Free Mobile Pharmacy for Individuals in Need, Transylvania County website

NC MedAssist Mobile Free Pharmacy | Donate Life NC, Donate Life website, Guilford County

March 2019

Community Partners to Bring NC MedAssist’s Free Mobile Pharmacy and Health Care Resources to Individuals in Need, Pitt County Womens Journal, Pitt County

Community partners to bring MedAssist’s free resources to individuals in need, Rockingham Now, Rockingham County

NC MedAssist Over-the-Counter Giveaway, Cardinal Innovations website, Rockingham County

Mobile pharmacy to distribute free medications, Jacksonville Daily News, Duplin County

February 2019

Free Mobile Pharmacy Coming Tarboro March 1, Tar River Times, Edgecombe County

Mobile pharmacy to offer free medicine, Rocky Mount Telegram, Nash County

NC MedAssist to bring mobile pharmacy to Rowan on Friday, Salisbury Post, Rowan County

January 2019

Pitts: Mobile pharmacy delivers over-the-counter meds, Myron B. Pitts, The Fayetteville Observer

Hundreds benefit from free MedAssist event, Luke Burris, The Caswell Messenger

October 2018

NC MedAssist Free OTC Store aimed at helping low-income families and the uninsured, Brigida Mack, WBTV News

Health Happenings, News & Record

Community News Briefs, News & Record

September 2018

Health Briefs, Smokey Mountain News

Community Partners to Bring Free Mobile Pharmacy, Stanley News & Press

NC MedAssist to Return to Swain on Sept. 29, Smokey Mountain Times

Health Happenings, Greensboro News & Record

August 2018

Hospital awards $125,000 in grants to local agencies, The Outer Banks Voice

Free medicine available in Monroe on Aug. 31, Enquirer Journal

Community partners to bring free mobile pharmacy to festival, Carolyn Harmon, Daily Herald

Free over-the-counter medicine free store aims to help struggling families, Jamie Boll, WBTV

Medicine giveaway scheduled for Friday in Oxford, The Daily Dispatch

It’s Like Christmas in August, Shelby Star

Free pharmacy, health screenings Friday, Shelby Star

July 2018

Dispensing Hope: Powered by Parata, Parata Systems

First Over-the-Counter Medicine Free Store to Open in July in Charlotte, Power98

First Over-the-Counter Medicine Free Store to Open in July in Charlotte, K104.7

First Over-the-Counter Medicine Free Store to Open in July in Charlotte, Kiss 95.1

Free over-the-counter medication store opening in Charlotte, Spectrum News Charlotte

WCCB Coverage of OTC Free Store Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 

New pharmacy in Charlotte offers free over-the-counter drugs, Rachel Brown, WCNC

Community Calendar, The Enterprise

Free medications being offered, Anson Record

June 2018

Cardinal community reinvestment grants benefit three Forsyth groups, six others in Triad area, News & Record

In Depth: NC Med Assist helps uninsured North Carolinians, Caroline Blair, Specturm News

Stanley churches offer free meds, screenings, Gaston Gazette

May 2018

NC MedAssist Coming to Stokes May 19, Amanda Dodson, The Stokes News

Religion News, The Reflector

April 2018

Medicine giveaway scheduled for Friday at First Baptist Church, The Daily Dispatch

Community News, The Reflector

NC MedAssist’s Mobile Free Pharmacy Coming to Brevard, The Transylvania Times

Mobile Pharmacy Offers Free Medicine, Amelia Harper, Rocky Mount Telegram

Free Mobile Free Pharmacy Coming to Tabaro, Rocky Mount Telegram

Vidant Duplin Provides Free OTC Medications for those in Need, WITN

March 2018

Free medications this Friday in Gastonia, Demetria Mosely, The Gaston Gazette

Hundreds receive free medicines at pop-up pharmacy in Asheville, Sam DeGrave, Citizen Times

NC MedAssist holds Mobile Free Pharmacy event on March 17, Mountain Xpress

Mobile Free Pharmacy: 300 benefit from free medicines, Jon Hawley, The Daily Advance

Thank you to our donors, volunteers and partners for helping NC MedAssist grow tremendously in less than 10 years to meet the medication needs of low-income and uninsured people with chronic illnesses. From serving, 2,565 people in 2008 with over $4 million in free medications to serving nearly 16,000 people in 2017 with over $48 million in free prescription medications. What could we possibly do next? A free retail pharmacy store… Coming July 2018…be on the lookout for further details!

Check out NC MedAssist on the Charlotte Business Journal ‘s list of “Charlotte’s largest health and human-services nonprofits”.

Medicinas Gratis Con MedAssist, Progreso Hispano News

Ayundan Con Medicamentos Gratuitos Quienes Los Necesiten, Margarita Vidal, Hola News

February 2018

Free Pharmacy Event Aims to Help Elizabeth City Residents, Jon Hawley, Daily Advance

January 2018

Health Calendar, The Gaston Gazette

October 2017

Free Medicine, Health Screenings, and Medical Supplies in High Point, WFMY News 2

Local Church Hosting Mobile Pharmacy Event, High Point Enterprise

Health Happenings, Greensboro News & Record

September 2017

Mobile Pharmacy Event in Cabarrus/Rowan County, Independent Tribune

Medicine GiveAway Scheduled September 23rd in Kannapolis, Salisbury Post

Mobile Free Pharmacy Event in Greensboro, September 15, WFMY News 2

August 2017

Over the Counter GiveAway, WNCT 9

Free Over the Counter Medicine Give Away, Franklin Times

June 2017

Spotlight on the Safety Net – Dispensing Hope: North Carolina’s Only Statewide Free Pharmacy Program for the Uninsured, The North Carolina Medical Journal, Volume 78, Number 3

May 2017

Carolinas Healthcare, NC MedAssist give away free medicine in Wadesboro, The Anson Record, Imari Scarbrough

April 2017

Free medicine giveaway Friday, Shelby Star

Free OTC medicine give away in Duplin County, WITN

Over the counter medicine give away, Shelby Shopper

March 2017

Entrega de medicinas gratis este viernes en Greensboro y el proximo en High Point, Que Pasa, Adrian Romero

Medicine give away demonstrates high cost of health, Daily Reflector, Ginger Livingston

Free medicine available Saturday, Daily Reflector

Medicine drop, giveaway events today, Daily Reflector

February 2017

OTC medicine giveaway planned in Warrenton, Warren Record, Luci Weldon

Over the counter medicine giveaway returns, The Daily Dispatch, Val Short

Free over the counter medicine giveaway, Star News, Cheryl Whitaker

Giveaway offers free OTC medication to families in need, WECT

January 2017

Free medicine give away for Hurricane Matthew victims in Lumberton, WBTW, Kiahnna Patterson

OTC medication to be given away Friday, The Robesonian, TC Hunter

Free over the counter medicine program targets area affected by flooding, WBTW Staff

Free over the counter medicine program targets area affected by flooding, The Robesonian

November 2016

Saturday event offers free over the counter medicine, Gaston Gazette

Free over the counter medicine distributed to people in need, Gaston Gazette, Michael Barrett

Medicine giveaway a hit in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Daily News, Naomi Whidden

Over the Counter Medicine GiveAway Held for Residents in Need, Time Warner Cable, Liz Ortiz

Over the Counter Medicine Giveaway to be held Saturday in Jacksonville, Daily News, Jannette Pippin

October 2016

Pancakes & Beer: day of details you need to know, Charlotte Five, Joanne Spataro

Pancakes & Beer: Guilty pleasures help provide medication to our uninsured neighbors, Charlotte Five, Joanne Spataro

September 2016

High Point Host Free Over the Counter Medicine Give Away, TWC News, Elaina O’Connell

HPU and Community Partners Host OTC Give Away for Community, High Point University

Community Partners to Host Free OTC Medicine Give Away, High Point University

United Way Helps Provided Free Medicine, Rocky Mount Telegram, Corey Davis

Medicine Give Away Planned, The Daily Herald, Khai Hoang

Free Over the Counter Medicine for Granville County Residents, Home in Henderson, Phil Hart

26 upcoming Charlotte-area races that will actually make you want to run, Charlotte Agenda, Kylie Moore

August 2016

Free medication available on Friday, Winston-Salem Journal, Richard Craver

Over the Counter Medicine Give Away Today, WFMY News 2, Meghann Mollerus

Free Over the Counter Medicine Give Away, WFMY News 2

Free Medicine Give Away, WFMY News 2

OTC Meds to be Given Away Friday, The High Point Enterprise

July 2016

Free Over the Counter Medicine Give Away Friday, Greensboro News & Record, Nancy McLaughlin

Obtenga medicamentos gratuitos con MedAssist, Hola Noticias, Mariana Murray

Health Briefs, Greensboro News & Record

June 2016

Charity Race for Runners with Appetites, Cary Citizen, Michael Papich

Pancakes, Bacon, and…Beer?, Cary Magazine, Jessica Wight

April 2016

TarHeel Talk, Fox 50, Sonya Williams

Free OTC Medicine Give Away Day, Time Warner Cable News – Triad, Elise Mickalonis

Local Medicine Give Away, WXII 12, Samina Engel

Over the Counter Medicine Give Away Friday in High Point, News & Record, Greensboro

HPU to Bring Free Over the Counter Medicine to the Community, High Point University

HPU Gives 1,500 Members of the Community Free OTC Medication, High Point University

February 2016

NC MedAssist regala hoy medicinas sin receta médica, Liliana Cruz, el Progreso Hispano News

January 2016

Medicamentos gratuitos en Charlotte, Liliana Cruz, el Progreso Hispano News

December 2015

Tips for Making Last Minute Tax-Deductible Donations, Kate Gaier, Time Warner Cable News

October 2015

Organizacion ayuda a obtener medicamentos recetados, Liliana Cruz, La Noticia

Free Over the Counter Medicine Give Away, Channel 2 WFMY

HPU Participates in Over the Counter Drug Give Away, Channel 12 WXII

HPU Brings Free Over the Counter Medicine to Community, High Point University

September 2015

How to give back to nonprofits in your neighborhood: First Ward Edition, Brigitte Acosta, CharlotteFive

Seven ways to save money on necessary medications, Jason Stoogenke, WSOC-TV

It really is free – Non-profit partners with Baptist Association to giveaway over-the-counter meds, Jackie Bridges, The Shelby Star

August 2015

Event Helps Area Families Have Healthy Start to the School Year, Kate Gaier, Time Warner Cable News

Back to School Bonanza: Free OTC Meds and School Supplies, Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer

July 2015

Organization to Host Medicine Give Away Day, The Pilot, Moore County, NC

A Medical Program to Assist Those In Need, Sondra E Z Hines, Q City Metro

Bounty of Drugstore Supplies Brings Charlotte Giveaway Days, Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer

June 2015

Charlotte Health Insurance Broker’s Tactics Raise Questions, Ann Doss Helms, Charlotte Observer

May 2015

Greenville Holds Medicine Give Away, Michael Abramowitz, Daily Reflector

Over the Counter Medications Given Away in Greenville, Brad Christian, WNCT Channel 9

March 2015

OTC Give Away Day in Gaston County, Lauren Baheri, Gaston Gazette

NC MedAssist to Give Away Free Medicine, Jamica Whitaker, The Daily Dispatch

February 2015

Free Pharmacy Program in North Carolina, Colleen Odegaard Charlotte Today

Executive Director Speaks on Behalf of Healthcare Non-Profits on the Dangers of Unlicensed Providers, WCNC

January 2015

Over the Counter Drug Giveaway Aims to Reduce Hospital Visits, Time Warner Cable News

Program Provides Free Medicine to Low-Income Individuals, WSOC-TV Channel 9

October 2014

Hundreds grab free over-the-counter medicine in Charlotte, David Sentendrey, FOX46 Carolinas

Medicine giveaway helps uninsured in Charlotte, Diana Rugg, WCNC

Charlotte nonprofit to give away medicine, Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer 

July 2014

Over the counter medicine giveaway draws a crowd in High Point, Michael Spears, FOX8 WGHP

Hundreds get free over-the-counter medicine in High Point, Sarah Newell Williamson, Greensboro News & Record

Hundreds Turn Out for Free Medicine Giveaway, WFMY News 2

Program Offers Free OTC Medication to Families in Need, Time Warner Cable News (Triad)

Non-Profit Hosts High Point Drug Give-Away, Kathryn Mobley, 88.5 WFDD

For North Carolina enrollees on federal marketplace, nothing changes for now, Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer

Free over-the-counter medicine giveaway Friday in High Point, Cindy Farmer, FOX8 WGHP

Get free over-the-counter drugs July 25, Staff Reporter, Greensboro News & Record

One Day Giveaway: Get OTC Medicine For Free, Tracey McCain, WFMY-TV

Painkillers kill more people than heroin, cocaine in NC, Mike Hanson, WCNC-TV

April 2014

Free medicine for those in need, Mike Hanson, WCNC-TV

Non-profit organization in need of volunteers to help give medication to the needy, TWC News Staff

MedAssist Over the Counter Giveaway, T. Ortega Gaines, The Charlotte Observer

October 2013

Poorest of the poor left out of Affordable Care Act’s health insurance expansion, Karen Garloch and John Murawski, The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte-area consumers still not getting through to buy insurance at online exchange, Karen Garloch, The Charlotte Observer

September 2013

Rate of Uninsured Mecklenburg Women on the Rise in Mecklenburg County, by Kirk Hawkins, Fox Charlotte

November 2011

UNC-TV interviewed NC MedAssist at their Sanford Enrollment Event,November 3rd. To watch the video, follow this link. (Note: the MedAssist piece is 7 minutes in)

June 2011 

NC MedAssist Expands to Serve Entire State
, by Todd Cohen, Philanthropy Journal.

March 2010

NC MedAssist Helps Pay For Drugs, by Mary Cornatzor, Staff Writer for the News & Observer.

Program Helps Needy Get Their Medications, by P. Christine Smith, Staff Writer for the Sun Journal on

MedAssist Seeks to Raise $1M for Shift to Independent Status, by Jennifer Thomas, Staff Writer for Charlotte Business Journal

Pfizer Joins NC MedAssist to Expand Free Medicines Program for Low-Income, Uninsured North Carolinians.

A report by AcademyHealth and the Center for Health Care Strategies states that charity care is still essential post-reform.  Click to read more.

NC MedAssist Becomes Central Fill Pharmacy
, Attorney General Roy Cooper press conference, March 2009.

The TV show, America Now, interviewed our very own patient and volunteer, Stephanie Alexander for their piece on cutting corners with medicine. View the video and article here.

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Excellence in Health Care: Providing medicines to those who might go without

Premium content from Charlotte Business Journal by Bea Quirk , Contributing writer
Date: Friday, September 30, 2011, 6:00am EDT – Last Modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 4:18pm EDT

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Health Care Overhaul Could Face Supreme Scrutiny Next Week

By: Kirk Hawkins

Helen McDaniel spends spends roughly 150-dollars on medications each month and she’s uninsured. The West Charlotte resident said, “My mother always told me when you get down to the last seven pills, if you don’t have the money, call...Read More »


2020 Press Releases

NC MedAssist funding boost means more North Carolinians can access free medicine

Statewide nonprofit pharmacy seeks to scale up critical assistance during pandemic


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — June 2, 2020 — North Carolina’s only statewide nonprofit pharmacy program for the low-income and uninsured, NC MedAssist has received $140,000 in special funding to continue providing free medicine to eligible North Carolinians. Donors include United Way of Central Carolinas, United Way of Greater High Point, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, and Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. In 2019, NC MedAssist distributed more than 229,805 90-day prescriptions to over 18,800 patients for a total value of nearly $68 million in free lifesaving prescription medications across North Carolina.

“We’re so grateful for the financial support these foundations have provided,” said NC MedAssist CEO Lori Giang. “NC MedAssist provides prescription and over-the-counter medicine to North Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens. We have remained open throughout the pandemic and seek to enroll new eligible patients as well as broaden our reach. Our neighbors need us now more than ever.”

NC MedAssist’s Free Pharmacy Program works with six large pharmaceutical companies to centralize the procurement of prescription medication for its patients. Seventy-nine percent of NC MedAssist patients are living at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and cannot afford to purchase these medicines on their own. They depend on the Free Pharmacy Program to be compliant with their medication therapies as prescribed by their physicians. The Free Pharmacy Program alleviates the anxiety of patients choosing between food and medicine and improves their health by providing lifesaving prescription medication to treat common diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

NC MedAssist offers a mobile pharmacy program and the Gerhart Community Medicine Shoppe, free resources for North Carolina residents who need medicine such as children’s cold and flu, aspirin or vitamins. The Gerhart Community Medicine Shoppe is currently taking orders online and offering curbside pickup at 4428 Taggart Creek Road, Suite 101 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

NC MedAssist helps reduce unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations which saves North Carolina an estimated $76 million annually in health care costs avoided. More than 463,000 people across North Carolina live at or below the FPL, are uninsured and do not qualify for the state’s Medicaid program.


About NC MedAssist

NC MedAssist is a statewide nonprofit pharmacy founded in 1997. The organization provides free prescription medication to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. NC MedAssist offers four programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy Program, the Mobile Free Pharmacy, the Gerhart Community Medicine Shoppe and the Transitional Jobs Program. NC MedAssist dispenses $74.4 million worth of free prescription and over-the-counter medication to more than 57,000 low-income North Carolinians each year. Learn more about NC MedAssist at