HRT on Pre-Payment Certificates (PPC)

From 1 April 2023, women prescribed HRT – the main treatment for menopause
symptoms – will have access to
a new scheme enabling access to a year’s worth of
menopause prescription items for the cost of 2 single prescription charges (currently

The PPC will be valid for 12 months. It can be used against the list of HRT prescription
items below, and a patient can use this against an unlimited number of HRT items, such
as patches, tablets and topical preparations. There will be no limit to how many times the
certificate can be used while it is valid.

Women will need to apply for the PPC through the NHS Business Services Authority.
Once it has been granted,
it will be available for use immediately on or after 1 April 2023.
When collecting HRT products, patients will be able to show the digital or paper copy
HRT PPC to the dispensary and complete the
exemption declaration on the NHS prescription

It is unclearwhether there will be a new HRT exemption on the back of the prescriptions. We
await further information and will publish this on the Dispex website when it becomes available.

For people who need multiple medicines, the existing PPCs may remain a more cost-effective
method of paying for prescriptions.

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