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Script charge to rise in April

According to a Department of Health press release prescription charges will be increased from 1st April 2008 to £7.10 per item, an increase of 25p.

The price of pre-payment certificates will also rise to £27.85 for a 3 month certificate and £102.50 for a 12 month certificate. Pre-payment certificates are a cost effective choice for patients who require more than 3 prescriptions in three months or 14 prescriptions in twelve months.

The press release points out that 88% of dispensed prescriptions are exempt from payment and that the increase in price is below the rate of inflation.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of the current prescription charge and the cost effective option of pre-payment certificates.

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