Better use of repeat dispensing would improve patient care

Ash_Soni_0411By Ash Soni, Vice Chair of the English Pharmacy Board
The Government announced today that prescription charges in England will rise from £7.85 to £8.05 on 1st April.

A new report, Prescription Charges and Employment, from The Prescription Charges Coalition has found that the cost of prescription charges prevents over a third of people with long term conditions who pay for their prescriptions from taking their medicines as prescribed. Some face medicines poverty, having to choose between paying for their medication and household expenses such as food or heating. Read more Better use of repeat dispensing would improve patient care

The Prescription Prepayment Certificate can make your medicines more affordable

nealpatel2by Neal Patel MRPharmS, RPS Head of Corporate Communications

Ever heard of the Prescription Prepayment Certificate?

If you live in England, need medicines on a long-term basis and pay prescription charges, it could help make your medicines more affordable.

The Prescription Prepayment Certificate is like a season ticket for your medicines. You can get your medicines at a discount by either paying a lump sum upfront or monthly by direct debit. Read more The Prescription Prepayment Certificate can make your medicines more affordable

Paying the price: prescription charges

By Phil Reynolds, Policy and Public Affairs Officer, Crohn’s and Colitis UK

Picture the scene, after weeks of chronic debilitating symptoms and repeat visits to the doctor you finally get referred on to see a hospital specialist.

The day finally arrives and your consultant breaks the news that you have a chronic long-term condition. You’ll need regular medication for the rest of your life to try and control the symptoms. How much will all this cost? Impossible to know, but as of 1st April 2013, it’ll be £7.85 per prescription until you qualify for an age-related exemption in later life. Read more Paying the price: prescription charges