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Check before you tick (free prescriptions)

Check before you tick - banner imageWe’re supporting the NHS England and the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) campaign ‘Check Before You Tick’ to help people understand their eligibility for free prescriptions.

The aim is to encourage patients to check whether they are entitled to free prescriptions before claiming them to help reduce the £256million cost per year to the NHS when people incorrectly claim them for free.

Patients can access a new online tool to help everyone to understand the government’s eligibility criteria for free prescriptions, while pharmacists will be provided with a communications toolkit, posters, and point of sale materials to display in their pharmacy to explain the rules.

Anyone incorrectly claiming a free prescription risks a penalty charge of up to £100 from the NHS Business Services Authority which carries out prescription checks each month.

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The CCG is actively promoting this campaign and can supply practices with poster materials. If you would like these please email

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