Buy a PPC

Get a prescription prepayment certificate

  • A prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) may make your prescriptions cheaper if you pay for your prescriptions. You can buy prescription prepayment certificates from the NHS.

You can only buy a PPC if you live in England.

A 3 month or 12 month PPC is available to buy and will cover all your prescriptions for that period, no matter how many prescription items you need.

A prescription costs £9.35 per item (as of 01.04.21), but a PPC costs:

  • £30.25 for 3 months
  • £108.10 for 12 months

Do you have 4 or more prescriptions in 3 months? Or 12 or more prescriptions in 12 months? There is a saving to be made. 

How do I save money?

If you are going to buy 4 or more prescriptions in 3 months, or 12 or more prescriptions in 12 months, it may work out cheaper to buy a PPC.

Why is a PPC cheaper?

Well,

If you have four items:

4 x £9.35 = £37.40

Cost of a 3 month PPC is £30.25. Therefore a saving of £7.15.

If you have twelve items:

12 x £9.35 = £112.20

Cost of a 12 month PPC is £108.10. Therefore a saving of £4.10.

To help you spread out the costs of a 12 month PPC, you can pay in 10 monthly instalments when you buy a 12 month PPC.

How to buy

You can buy PPCs online by visiting 

https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/buy-prescription-prepayment-certificate/start

or call the order line 0300 330 1341 and pay by debit or credit card.

PPC order line

Telephone: 0300 330 1341

(find out about the call charges)

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