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Where can I get a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC)?

If you live in England, there are four ways you can buy a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC):

Your PPC will be valid from the date you buy it, unless you ask for a different start date. The start date can be up to one month earlier or one month later than the date you buy it.

If you're buying a 12-month PPC, you can pay over 10 months by direct debit. This will help you to spread the cost.

How much does a PPC cost?

A three-month PPC costs £29.10 and a 12-month PPC costs £104. The 12-month PPC will save you money if you need more than 12 items in a year. If you need:

  • two items each month you can save over £90 with a 12-month PPC
  • three items each month you can save over £190 with a 12-month PPC
  • four items each month you can save over £285 with a 12-month PPC

What if I need a prescription now?

If you have to pay for a prescription before your PPC arrives, you can claim a refund of this charge later.

When you pay for the prescription, ask your pharmacist for an NHS receipt (FP57). It's important to remember to get an FP57 at the time, as your pharmacist can't give you one later.

Keep your FP57, as it tells you how to claim a refund. You can claim a refund of prescription charges up to three months after you pay them.

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Page last reviewed: 30/11/2015

Next review due: 30/11/2017