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NHS Penalty Charges for Failing to Pay Prescription Charges Posted on 28 Nov 2017

We have heard of a number of patients who have recently received penalty charges due to them claiming free prescriptions when they may not be eligible or where their pre-payment or medical exemption certificate have run out.

If evidence of the exemption is not provided to our Dispenser when medicines are dispensed then they tick a box on the prescription to say that they have not seen evidence. More and more of these prescriptions are being checked and more penalty charges are being levied by the NHS.

When completing the back of the green prescription it is very important to ensure the correct exemption box is ticked.

It is also worth noting that medical exemption certificates (for people with Diabetes and Thyroid problems etc) are only valid for 5 years after which they have to be renewed. It is the patient's responsibility to check the expiry date.

For further information please see below:-

https://www.nhs.uk/…/Healthcos…/Pages/Prescriptioncosts.aspx

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-penalty-charges

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