IMPORTANT - check whether the patient can get free prescriptions before entering the PPC Direct facility. Remember people 60 or over get free prescriptions.
To see if they can get free prescriptions, look in leaflet HC11, 'Help with Health Costs'.
The current cost is:
for a 3-month PPC; and
for a 12-month PPC.
Conditions of Issue
The patient can only use the PPC for their own NHS prescriptions.
The PPC will start on the date they purchase their certificate at a registered pharmacy unless they ask for a different start date. This can be up to one month earlier or later than the date they purchase their PPC at a registered pharmacy.
A partial refund of the cost of a PPC may be available if the patient becomes entitled to free prescriptions during the life of the PPC.
For full details on PPC refund arrangements, including the time limit for claiming a refund, check leaflet HC11
Refund of Prescription Charges
The patient should remember to apply for a new PPC in good time, otherwise they will have to pay charges when their old PPC runs out. If they claim they have a valid PPC when they do not, they may have to pay a penalty charge.
If the patient has to pay a prescription charge while they are waiting for their PPC, they cannot get a refund unless they get an NHS receipt form (an FP57) and their new certificate covers the date they paid the charge. When they apply, they can ask for their PPC to be backdated up to one month.