You can only use the PPC for your own NHS prescriptions.
Your PPC will start on the date you complete your application, unless you ask for a different start date. This can be up to one month earlier or later than the date you complete your application.
If you buy a 12-month PPC using the instalment option you are entering into a commitment to pay all the instalments. If you use a PPC after failing to pay an instalment you may have to pay a penalty charge. Please note that we cannot send out your PPC until we have received your first Direct Debit payment, which will be collected 12 working days after you apply.
You may be able to claim back some of the cost of a PPC if you become exempt from NHS prescription charges while you have a valid PPC.
For full details on PPC refund arrangements, including the time limit for claiming a refund, check leaflet HC11.
Refund of Prescription Charges
Remember to apply for a new PPC in good time, otherwise you will have to pay charges when your old PPC runs out. If you claim you have a valid PPC when you do not, you may have to pay a penalty charge.
If you have to pay a prescription charge while you are waiting for your PPC, you cannot get a refund unless you get an NHS receipt form (an FP57) and your new certificate covers the date you paid the charge. When you apply, you can ask for your PPC to be backdated up to one month.
The pharmacist or dispensing doctor can only issue an FP57 at the time you pay a prescription charge; they cannot give you one later. The FP57 tells you how to get a refund.