The current charge for a prescription is £8.40 per item (or £16.80 per pair of elastic hosiery).
It you have medication on a regular basis, it may be cheaper for you to purchase a ‘Prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)’. A PPC is a set charge that covers for you for an agreed period and entitles you to unlimited prescriptions during the agreed period for the equivalent of roughly £2 per week:
- A three monthly PPC currently costs £29.10 and could save you money if you need more than three prescribed items in a three month period.
- A 12 month PPC currently costs £104.00 and could save you money if you need more than 12 prescribed items in a year. A 12 month PPC is available to purchase on an interest free basis over a ten month period if you pay by Direct Debit.
Much more information with regards to prescription charges is available on the ‘NHS choices’ website. The page relating to prescriptions can be accessed here.