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What Is Dispensing?

Dispensing private and NHS prescriptions is one of the core services pharmacies offer.

As defined by a medical dictionary, dispensing means “the provision of drugs or medicines as set out properly on a lawful prescription.” The definition adds that “a prescription can only be filled, the drugs supplied, by a registered pharmacist, veterinarian, dentist or member of the medical profession.”

In other words, dispensing is, in fact, the process of translating the contents from a medication order issued by a doctor (your prescription) into a customized medication supply suitable to an individual’s (your) needs.

NHS Prescriptions

NHS PrescriptionsUnlike private prescriptions, NHS prescriptions are subsidised – meaning they are cheaper. However – once again, in opposition to private prescriptions – NHS prescriptions do not cover all treatments and medicines.

NHS Prescription Costs

Current NHS prescription costs £8.60 per item (you can always check the current NHS costs here). You can also get Prescription prepayment certificate (PPC), choosing from one of the two options NHS offers:

  1. A three-month PPC – which costs £29.10 (in case you need more than 3 NHS prescribed items in a period of three months); or
  2. A 12-month PPC – which costs £104.00 (in case you need more than 12 NHS prescribed items in a single year)

You can buy PPCs online here. But, before that, check if you are eligible for free prescriptions.

Free Prescriptions

Prescriptions are free for these groups:

  • children under 16,
  • people 16-18 and in full-time education,
  • people over 60,
  • people who get some Means-tested benefits,
  • women who are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
  • people who have a certificate (HC2) entitling them to help under the NHS Low Income Scheme.

Learn more by clicking here and visiting the NHS website.

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