If you pay a prescription charge whilst waiting for a Prescription Prepayment Certificate to be issued, you can get a refund but this depends on the length of the PPC and when and how circumstances change.
If you do not qualify for exemption you may be able to reduce the cost of your prescriptions by buying a Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) which will cover the cost of all your prescriptions during a particular period. It may be worth doing this if you pay for more than 3 prescriptions in three months or more than thirteen in a year.
A PPC costs £29.10 for 3 months and £104.00 for 12 months.
You can apply for a PPC by:
Where appropriate, pharmacy staff should advise patients of the required certificates and how they might go about obtaining them (e.g. Medical Exemption Certificates required for patients suffering from diabetes, epilepsy etc. as well as exemption certificates on maternity grounds, low income, or Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC)).
If the patient is receiving the treatment in a Government hospital, the prescription or certificate may be issued by any specialist working full-time in that hospital and having a post- graduate degree in General or Internal Medicine or any equivalent degree, which is recognized by the MCI.