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Prescription charge upper age exemption to remain at 60

Non-compliance among reasons cited

June 16th 2023

Tagged: Dispensary guidance news England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

The prescription charge upper age exemption threshold will remain at 60 years, the DHSC has said.

In a statement pharmacy minister Neil O’Brien said that the consultation on aligning the upper age for the NHS prescription charge exemption with the state pension age (SPA) – due to increase to 68 in future years- received over 117,000 responses, the majority of which were opposed to the proposed change.

Responses cited, among other issues, cost of living pressures and risk to health of people not taking prescribed medication correctly as reasons for retaining the current upper age exemption.

The upper age for NHS prescription exemption was introduced in 1968 to be in line with the women’s SPA, which was 60 at that time.