The help you can get to pay for prescriptions is different across the UK.

In England, prescriptions are free for people with cancer. If you need prescriptions for anything related to cancer or its effects, you can apply for an exemption certificate. You need to collect an FP92A form from your GP surgery.

In England, if you are a carer or someone who is not having cancer-related treatment, you can get free prescriptions in some situations. To find out more visit

In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, prescriptions are free for everyone.

Prescription pre-payment certificates in England

If you live in England and do not qualify for free prescriptions, you may want to buy a prescription pre-payment certificate for 3 months or a year. It will save you money if you need:

  • more than 3 prescriptions in 3 months
  • more than 13 prescriptions in a year.

You can buy the certificate online from Or you can buy it over the phone using a credit or debit card. Call the NHS Business Services Authority on 0300 330 1341.

You will need to show the pharmacist your prescription pre-payment certificate when you collect your prescription.

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