Your guide to
prescription costs

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How Much Does a Prescription Cost? NHS and Private Costs Explained:

In England, there are two main types of prescription. Prescriptions issued on the NHS and

private prescriptions.

  • The current cost of an NHS prescription for for 2024-2025 is £9.90 per item (an increase of 25p per item from the previous year).

  • Private prescriptions can be written by NHS doctors when the medicine is not available through the NHS. They can also be issued by private doctors and healthcare professionals. Charges for private prescriptions vary depending on the treatment.

You’ll usually pay a fee for the consultation with the private doctor, and a fee to the issuing pharmacy which will include the full cost of the medicine

Our online doctor can issue private prescriptions for a range of health conditions.

NHS Prescription fees

NHS prescriptions are issued by healthcare services providing NHS run services such as your local GP and NHS dentist. There is a flat fee in place for all medicines prescribed on the NHS. No matter what the price of an individual item, you’ll pay the same for every medicine available through the NHS.

Charges are usually reviewed annually.

Overview of how prices have changed in recent years

YEARFEEINCREASE
2015/16£8.2015p
2016/17£8.40 20p
2017/18£8.6020p
2018/19£8.8020p
2019/20£9.0020p
2020/21£9.3535p
2021/22£9.350
2022/23£9.350
2023/24£9.6530p
2024/25£9.9025p

Depending on your circumstances, you might qualify for free NHS prescriptions. Our guide to free prescriptions will help you to work out if you’re eligible.

If you don’t quality for free NHS prescriptions, there’s support available to help with your medicine costs. Find out if a prescription prepayment certificate could save you money in our guide.

NHS and private prescription delivery

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    This service has taken all the worry out of ordering repeat perscriptions. They remind you when perscriptions are due & they are posted & within a couple of days they are there on your door mat. Exemplary service. Thank you.

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    Great service. With good liaison with my GP. And order always efficiently delivered. So much easier than queueing at the local chemist. I started using Pharmacy2U during the pandemic and no turning back.

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    The help line staff were excellent, they understood my issue straightaway, told me they would need to speak to a line manager and would get back to me. The same person got back to me later in the day with an answer, issue resolved

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    This is a very easy service to use.
    I order my medication online from the drs it goes straight through to Pharmacy2U they confirm they have received it and it is sent out for delivery. With emails keeping me informed of its status all along the way.

    Neil Etheridge

    5
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    I get reminders when I need to order. It is easy to order and I get updates to let me know how my order is progressing. Within a very short time it is put out for delivery. It is then up to Royal Mail to post it through my letterbox.

    Janet Tittensor

    5
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    Being able to request my prescription from the doctors and knowing that the items I require will be delivered to my door without delay. Originally I would go to the pharmacy after a 5 day wait to find that my prescription was not ready, so thank you for making my life easier.

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