Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions
The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines.
Prescription prepayment certificates (PPCs) offer real savings for people who need extensive medication. If you have to pay for four or more prescription items in three months or more than 14 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a Prescription prepayment certificate (PPC).
There is further information about prescription charges, exemptions and help with the costs of prescriptions at the NHS choices website.