Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
NHS prescriptions cost £8.20 per item.
If you are receiving jobseekers allowance or employment support allowance you will not have to pay for NHS prescriptions.
If you are receiving disability living allowance you will be expected to pay for your prescription when you take it to the chemist. In this situation if you are taking a regular medication and receiving repeated prescriptions it is sensible to buy a prescription prepayment certificates (PPC) as this will work out much cheaper in the long run.
The charges for prepayment certificates are:
- 3-months: £29.10
12 months £104.00
For example if you will have to pay for 4 or more prescription items in three months, or more than 14 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