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Prescription Prepayment Certificates

Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC) can be obtained in England.  The certificate will cover the cost of all your prescriptions during a particular period. It may be worth doing this if you don’t qualify for an exemption certificate and pay for more than 3 prescriptions in three months or more than thirteen in a year.

A PPC costs £29.65 for 3 months and £105.90 for 12 months (March 2020).  You can pay for a PPC by 10 monthly direct debit instalments which means that you could obtain all the prescriptions you need for just over £2 per week. 

Apply for a PPC

  • buy a PPC online (pay by debit card or credit card)
  • call 0300 330 1341 (pay by debit card or credit card)
  • apply at your local pharmacy (not available by direct debit but you can pay by cheque or postal order)

If you pay a prescription charge whilst waiting for a Prescription Prepayment Certificate to be issued, you can get a refund but this depends on the length of the PPC and when and how circumstances change.

Read more about Prescription Prepayment Certificates or phone the helpline on 0300 330 1341


Date updated: 04.05.21 (V1.1)
Review date: 10.05.21

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