Prescriptions and lupus

Since April 2020 the cost per prescription has gone up to £9.15 in the England, while prescriptions are free in both Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.



Lupus is not currently listed on the medical exemption, meaning that you have to pay the full price for prescriptions unless you fit into any of the below criteria’s:


· 60 +

· Under 16

· 16-18 and in full time education

· Pregnant or had a baby in the last 12 months

· Have a medical exemption certificate

· Have a war pension exemption certificate

· Continuous disability that requires help from someone else

· An NHS inpatient


Unfortunately, if you do not meet the exemption criteria, you will need to pay the whole price. We understand that the uncertainty that a disease such as lupus can bring and also the stress of expensive medication bills may be stressful.


So, here are some ways that you can save on your prescription costs


PPC – Prescription payment certificate


If you have to get more 12 prescribed medicine each year or more than 3 prescribed medicines in 3 months then this is a good option for you.


- Cost per prescription = £9.15

- 3 month PPC = £29.65

- 12 month PPC = £105.90


This cost will cover all the prescriptions that you get during your PPC cover.


If you are interested in this, talk to your pharmacist.


LIS - NHS low income scheme


If you have a low income, then you may be entitled to help with some of your medical costs. This can include


- Prescription costs

- Dental costs

- Eye care costs

- Travel for healthcare costs

- Wig support


You can also discuss this with your pharmacist or GP


This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.


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