Help with prescription costs

If you need more than 12 prescribed medicines each year, you could save money with a 12-month Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC)

You can also buy a three-month PPC, which will save you money if you need more than three prescribed medicines in three months.

The charge for a single prescribed medicine is £8.40, whereas a three-month PPC will cost you £29.10 and a 12-month PPC £104.00.


What a PPC covers:-

Your PPC will cover you for all of the NHS prescriptions you need during the period of your PPC, no matter how many you need.

Before your PPC arrives:-

If you have applied for a PPC and have to pay a prescription charge while you are waiting for it to arrive, you can get a refund of the charge as long as:

  •  you ask for an FP57 form from the pharmacist at the time you pay the charge (you must ask for the form at the time you pay the charge - you cannot be issued with one later), and
  •  when you applied for your PPC, the date you asked for it to start is on or before the date you paid the charge. The PPC can only be backdated by up to one month.

You can claim the prescription charge(s) back up to three months after paying - the FP57 tells you what to do.