Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
The standard prescription charge is £8.20 per item.
If you will have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or more than 15 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a Prescription Prepayment Certificate.
A prescription prepayment certificate costs £29.10 for three months or £104.00 for twelve months.
There are three ways to order or renew a prepayment certificate:
- On-line: please click here
- By telephone: 0300 330 1341. You will need to have your debit or credit card details ready if you want to pay in full; or your bank or building society account details ready if you want to pay for a 12-month PPC by 10 monthly Direct Debit instalments.
- From a pharmacy registered to sell prepayment certificates. The pharmacist will ask you to complete a form, then forward the details to the NHS. You will normally receive your certificate within seven days of the NHS receiving the application. Please note that the option to buy a 12-month certificate by Direct Debit installments is not available if you buy it from a pharmacist: you will have to pay the full price at the time of purchase. Please click here for a list of pharmacies registered to sell prepayment certificates.
But please be careful to keep your prepayment certificate up-to-date
If a pharmacist issues medicines to you on the basis of a prepayment certificate that is out of date, you could be fined £100 plus the cost of the medicines. There is no reminder system.
For information about exemptions from prescription charges, please click here.
If you have a Medical Exemption Certificate, please note that they have to be renewed every five years. If you forget to renew it, you could find yourself facing a fine of up to £100. There is no reminder system.
For further information about Medical Exemption Certificates, please click here.