Medicine prescriptions

Ordering repeat prescriptions and managing the cost of your prescriptions

People with PSC often have other diseases and might therefore need a number of prescriptions. You are responsible for ensuring that you understand why you are taking the medication prescribed to you. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or nurse to explain. You should also have your prescriptions reviewed on a regular basis by your GP or pharmacist.

 

Ordering Repeat Prescriptions

Order your medications well in advance – some GP practices take 24-48 hours to turn around prescription requests. Many GPs now offer online services, which allow you to order repeat prescriptions without having to phone or visit your surgery.

 

Paying for Prescriptions

Prescription prepayment certificate

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland provide free prescriptions to everyone. In England, prescription charges must be paid (unless you have an exempt condition). If you pay for your prescriptions, check with your chemist if you are entitled to any benefits or consider a prescription prepayment certificate (PPC). A PPC is like a season ticket for medicines as it covers all of your NHS prescriptions no matter how many items you need. A PPC saves you money if you buy more than 12 prescription medicines per year.

Prescription Charges Coalition

Like others with multiple long-term conditions, people with PSC must pay for their prescriptions, often needing to buy multiple medications at once. Prescription charges impose costs on people with chronic conditions for the medicine that keeps them well or even alive, not to mention the additional costs if their illnesses flare-up. As a member of the Prescription Charges Coalition, PSC Support campaigns to end unfair prescription charges for people with long-term medical conditions like PSC and IBD.

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