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Prescription charges

NHS Prescription Charges in England

The NHS Prescription Charge in England is currently £8.80 for each drug or appliance dispensed. Please be aware that there are certain items, for example some HRT preparations, which attract a double charge.

The cost of a Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) remains at £29.10 for a 3 month Certificate. The cost of the annual Certificate remain at £104.

PPCs offer savings for those needing 4 or more items in 3 months or 13 or more items in one year.

In England, around 90% of prescription items are dispensed free. This includes exemptions from charging for those on low incomes, such as:

    • those on specific benefits or through the NHS Low Income Scheme

    • those who are age exempt

    • those with certain medical conditions

More information is available at NHS Choices

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