Pre Payment Certificates for Prescriptions

Many of pp2with lupus are on at least one type of Prescription medication and often these are long-term if not for life. With each item on a prescription now costing a huge £8.20, for some people a Prescription Pre-Payment Certificate could help with these costs.

They are available as 3 month or 12 month certificates. A 3 month costs-£29.10 and an year costs £104. Each allow you to get as many items as you need within that period. So if you have e.g. 4 prescription items every month this could save you £289.60 a year. You can get one over the phone 0300 330 1341 or at their website-

If you are pregnant, on kidney dialysis or have had cancer you can get an exemption certificate. If you are over 60 prescriptions are free. Certain types of health condition also qualify for free prescriptions. However lupus itself is not one, but if it means you meet this criterion-

  • a continuing physical disability which means the person cannot go out without the help of another person. Temporary disabilities do not count even if they last for several months

   then you can apply.

It does seem very unfair that an incurable condition like lupus does not qualify automatically for free prescriptions whilst other conditions do. If you don’t agree with this unfairness then please follow this link to The Prescription Charges Coalition and sign their petition.