FAQs on new prescription charges from April 2021

FAQs on new prescription charges from April 2021

March 31, 2021

As a reminder, from 1 April 2021, the NHS prescription charge increases to £9.35 per prescription item. At the same time, the price of a 3-month Prescription Prepayment Certificate (PPC) increases to £30.25 and a 12-month PPC rises to £108.10. PSNC has designed NHS Prescription Charge Cards and PPC posters for 2021/22 as downloadable PDFs that can be printed and displayed in community pharmacies from 1 April 2021.

Charge type Current charges (up to 31 March 2021)  New charges (1 April 2021 onwards) Display notices 
Single charge (per prescription item) £9.15 £9.35

Prescription charge card 2021/22 (colour)

Prescription charge card 2021/22 (black and white)

3-month PPC £29.65 £30.25

PPC poster 2021/22 (colour)

PPC poster 2021/22 (black and white)

12-month PPC £105.90 £108.10

FAQs

Q. Do I need to display a notice about the NHS prescription charge?

A. Yes, it is part of the NHS Terms of Service to have an up to date notice about the NHS prescription charge displayed in the prescription reception area. For further information, please see the clinical governance premises approved particulars.

Q. If a prescription was dispensed before the 1 April but the patient does not collect items until after the 1 April, should the patient pay the old, or the new prescription charge rate?

A. There is no national guidance on this issue so pharmacy staff will be required to exercise their professional judgement. Whatever decision is taken, pharmacy staff are advised to keep a record of the amount charged and the reasons for doing so on the PMR. Please note the prescription charge rate is not determined by the date that the GP has prescribed or signed the prescription form.

Q. For EPS, how do the NHSBSA determine which prescription charge rate to apply if a paid prescription dispensed in March is submitted for payment in April?

A. Any paid electronic prescriptions dispensed in March 2021 with an NHS prescription charge levied at the old charge rate (£9.15) will have a charge deduction of £9.15 applied by the NHSBSA if the Dispense Notification (DN) message is submitted before 31 March 2021 and the corresponding Claim Notification or Electronic Reimbursement Endorsement Message (EREM) is received by the NHSBSA by the end of 5 April 2021. Please see below how paid electronic prescriptions are treated by the NHSBSA following a change to the prescription charge rate.

  • If a DN is submitted on 31 March and EREM is submitted 5 April – this would be treated as March dispensing (£9.15 deducted for chargeable scripts)
  • If a DN is submitted on 1 April and EREM submitted 5 April – This would be treated as April dispensing (£9.35 deducted for chargeable scripts)
  • If a DN is submitted on 31 March and EREM submitted 6 April – This would be treated as April dispensing (£9.35 deducted for chargeable scripts). There would be no checking of the dispense date in this instance as the claim message was submitted would the outside of the first five days of the following month (EPS 5 -day window).

Q. When should I submit details of any PPCs sold in March to ensure that the NHSBSA apply the correct rate deductions?

A. Pharmacies that are registered to sell PPCs should add and submit details of all PPCs sold in March 2021 on the PPC Pharmacy sales web application by 11.59pm on 31 March 2021 to ensure that the correct PPC rate deductions are applied by the NHSBSA.



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