The cost of prescription pre-payment certificates (PPCs) has remained the same for a further year, with the price of a three-month PPC at £29.10 and a 12-month PPC at £104. PPCs offer savings for those needing four or more items in three months or more than 13 items in one year.
The government said the charges remained an important source of revenue to support the delivery of high quality NHS services.
Pharmacy teams should look out for their copies of the 2015 Prescription Charge Card being sent with the March edition of Community Pharmacy News (CPN) out later this month.
“The prescription charge is a tax on the sick and as all pharmacies will know, many people who have to pay the charges find it extremely difficult to do so. We understand that all public services are having to tighten their belts and so the charge is viewed as a regrettable evil, but at a time when many people are experiencing financial pressures themselves, the increase announced today is unwelcome.”