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Top five recession-busting tips for prescription medicines

Prescription charges in England rose again at the start of April to £7.85 per item.

Paying for prescriptions is a real financial burden to many, so the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has issued five top tips to help patients save money and get the best advice on buying medicines.

The  Prescription Charges Coalition published a survey report in March, Paying the Price, showing that 35% of respondents had not collected at least one item due to cost.

The report recommends that discussion of the prepayment certificate should be a part of routine care.  The survey shows 37% of patients found out about the certificate from their pharmacist, 23% from friends or family and 14% from their GP.