The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which the Government believes is reasonable to charge those who can afford to pay for their medicines.
Prescription charges are for each item not each prescription. For example, if your prescription has 3 medicines on it you will have to pay the prescription charge 3 times.
Click here for the current NHS Prescription charge per item.
Get help with prescription costs
Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC) are available in England and they can save you money.
For further information on Prescription Prepayment Certificates click here.
The medicines below are free of charge:
- Medicines administered at a hospital or an NHS walk-in centre.
- Prescribed contraceptives.
- Medicines personally administered by a GP or provided via a Patient Group Direction (PGD)
- Medicines supplied at a hospital, or for the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection, tuberculosis or for the treatment of a mental disorder for those subject to a supervised community treatment order
There is further information about prescription exemptions and fees on the NHS website