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Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.  Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need multiple medications.


NHS charges

From 1 April 2018, the charges are:

  • Prescription (per item): £8.80
  • 12-month prepayment certificate (PPC): £104.00
  • 3-month PPC: £29.10

If you pay for four or more prescription items in three months, or thirteen or more items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a PPC.  

There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website

Practices across North West London will no longer routinely prescribe medicines which are available to buy over the counter in pharmacies, please see the commissioners website for further information:

https://www.healthiernorthwestlondon.nhs.uk/bettercare/thevision/prescribingwisely/withoutprescription

 
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