NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC)Ideal for those who get regular prescriptions
- You can buy a 3 or 12 month certificate
- This will cover the cost of all the prescriptions you need dispensing in that time
If you pay for your NHS prescriptions and have an ongoing medical condition then you may be able to save money with an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC).
What is an NHS prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)?
If you need regular prescriptions and pay the NHS prescription charge of £9.35 per item (as of April 2021), you should look to buy an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate as this could save you money. It's like a 'season ticket' in that you pay a set price and this covers you for as many prescriptions as you need until it expires.
There are two options - you can buy a 3 month certificate for £30.25 or a 12 month certificate for £108.10 - which can be upfront or in installments. Depending on the number of prescription items you need in time, one of these options could save you money compared to you paying for each prescription individually.
2 items each month you can save £116.30 with a 12-month PPC
3 items each month you can save £228.50 with a 12-month PPC
4 items each month you can save £340.70 with a 12-month PPC
How can I purchase an NHS prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)?
The easiest way to purchase an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate is online. It's valid straight away or can even be backdated by one month, allowing you to reclaim the cost of any NHS prescriptions that have already been paid for in that time.
The NHS will send details of your certificate to you by email rather than send a physical card. This keeps the process speedy and helps the environment.
They can also be purchased over the phone or from a high street pharmacy which is registered to sell them.
Before buying an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate, you should make sure you're not already entitled to free prescriptions. There are many reasons why you may be exempt from paying for NHS prescriptions. If you want to learn more, you can find out if you're eligible here.
How can I register my NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate with Pharmacy2U?
Once you have an NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate, the easiest way to update us with the details is on our website through your online account.
- On our website, click on 'Your Account'
- Click on 'Exemption Details'
- Add details of your NHS Prescription Prepayment Certificate
Alternatively, you can speak to a member of our UK-based Customer Care team on 0113 265 0222.