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Hi, please can someone help me with this. I have a NHS prescription for the following item: http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/folic-acid-5mg-tablets It was my understanding that I would have to p… Read More
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2m, 2w agoPosted 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Hi, please can someone help me with this. I have a NHS prescription for the following item:

http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/folic-acid-5mg-tablets

It was my understanding that I would have to pay the standard rate of £8.40 per item, as this item is only available on prescription only at that strength. However after reading the writing in the link, it reads like I only have to pay 5p if I visit a Lloyds Pharmacy:

"For NHS prescriptions. The price shown above is for the whole prescription, and there is no additional charge for delivery."

Also, I notice this is online but can I just visit a Lloyds Pharmacy with my prescription?

Thanks in advance.
joshp Avatar
2m, 2w agoPosted 2 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
folic acid 5mg 180 tablets are only £2.99
#2
psmith1958
folic acid 5mg 180 tablets are only £2.99

Where please?
#3
at boots
#5
#6
It's 5p per tablet, I'm guessing the folic acid is due to you being pregnant (There might be other reasons ?), If so and you live in England then you no longer have to pay for your prescriptions :) you're exempt no matter what your financial situation during your pregnancy and for 1 year after birth.

My other half also used to take Pregnacare Original Tablets during both pregnancies, full of good stuff for you and bump.

Speak with your health advisor/midwife and see what else you're entitled to, If you work then you're also entitled to being paid for any and all antenatal appointments, including the travel time.
#7
PKRichie
It's 5p per tablet, I'm guessing the folic acid is due to you being pregnant (There might be other reasons ?), If so and you live in England then you no longer have to pay for your prescriptions :) you're exempt no matter what your financial situation during your pregnancy and for 1 year after birth.
My other half also used to take Pregnacare Original Tablets during both pregnancies, full of good stuff for you and bump.
Speak with your health advisor/midwife and see what else you're entitled to, If you work then you're also entitled to being paid for any and all antenatal appointments, including the travel time.

Thank you for your response.

I'm actually male, so I'm sure you can figure out that I'm not pregnant :p

I don't even mind paying 5p per tablet, I was just worried they would try and charge £8.40. It does however say the following and I have a NHS prescription:

"For NHS prescriptions. The price shown above is for the whole prescription, and there is no additional charge for delivery.

For private prescriptions: The price shown above is per tablet/unit, and there is an additional delivery charge of £3.95 (minimum order of £5.00)."

Edited By: joshp on Feb 08, 2017 21:49
#8
Having looked at the site I think they will only let you have them on production of the prescription whether ordering online or going into the shop and that automatically gives them the right to charge you the £8.40.
I just looked at the site and when I tried to add them to the basket it came up with a message saying
' Please check all fields. "prescriptionType" is a required field' but I can't find anywhere to put the prescription type in and also when I closed that box it flashed up £8.40 under the £0.05 which then quickly disappeared.
You could of course snapshot the page information and take it with you to show them what it states on their site so that is the price you should pay!
Sorry I can't be more help than that but good luck
#9
If you look at the prescription you will see that it will be for a specific number of tablets. You aren't paying £8.40 per tablet, you are paying it for all the tablets. If it is for 180 tablets you pay £8.40 for all 180 not per tablet. Hope that makes sense
#10
psychobitchfromhell
If you look at the prescription you will see that it will be for a specific number of tablets. You aren't paying £8.40 per tablet, you are paying it for all the tablets. If it is for 180 tablets you pay £8.40 for all 180 not per tablet. Hope that makes sense


yes you only pay £8.40 for 1 item
#11
Suziq91
Having looked at the site I think they will only let you have them on production of the prescription whether ordering online or going into the shop and that automatically gives them the right to charge you the £8.40.
I just looked at the site and when I tried to add them to the basket it came up with a message saying
' Please check all fields. "prescriptionType" is a required field' but I can't find anywhere to put the prescription type in and also when I closed that box it flashed up £8.40 under the £0.05 which then quickly disappeared.
You could of course snapshot the page information and take it with you to show them what it states on their site so that is the price you should pay!
Sorry I can't be more help than that but good luck

Thanks for all your replies.

I'll give them a call tomorrow to see what they say and will likely go and buy them. I don't believe it will allow me/you to add them to the basket because you need to register and attach a digital prescription to order them online.

It is just strange that it says that I will pay the price above with a NHS prescription and that price is 5p, which seems way to good to be true.

psychobitchfromhell
If you look at the prescription you will see that it will be for a specific number of tablets. You aren't paying £8.40 per tablet, you are paying it for all the tablets. If it is for 180 tablets you pay £8.40 for all 180 not per tablet. Hope that makes sense

Thank you but I understand that part.
#12
It depends if your prescription is an NHS prescription or a private prescription.

Recently I had a private prescription for antibiotics that cost £2.20 whereas on NHS prescription would have cost me the £8.40 flat fee.

If it's an NHS prescription then yes, you will pay the £8.40 flat fee if you aren't eligible for free prescriptions.

Yes, you can take the prescription to any pharmacy and ask them to fill it for you (Boots, Tesco, Lloyds, independent etc, any of them).

I hope that it works and you feel better soon.

If you are foreseeing several prescriptions per month, consider the prescription pre-payment card.
#13
I must be being thick. I don't understand what you don't u n understand now.
#14
When you have the opportunity visit the local Pharmacists with your prescription. Then ask if the pharmacist have Folic Acid tablets available cheaper than the prescription price. Many vitamins and tablets such as Ferric (Iron), Vitamin, and other supplements will be sold to the public, far cheaper and in the higher required quantities, if a prescription is shown as evidence. Then if a repeat prescription is required communicate with your local surgery and pharmacist who can make arrangements to provide the drugs at that discounted price, and collection at a time suiting yourself.
#15
Standard NHS prescription charge is £8.40 per item.

Folic acid 5mg tablets are POM (prescription only medicine) so you cant buy them without a prescription. Regardless of the quantity of tablets on the prescription....whether it be 1 x folic acid 5mg tablet or 100 x folic acid 5 mg tablets, you will still have to pay £8.40 for it which goes to the NHS.

You can only buy 400microgram tablets over the counter.
#16
The 5p is for the carrier bag to hide your meds from junkies. X)
#17
Thank you very much for all your replies, they are much appreciated.
#18
dereklogan7
The 5p is for the carrier bag to hide your meds from junkies. X)

The carrier bags for prescription meds are free from pharmacies.
#19
missleading
£8.40 for a NHS prescription.
£0.05 per tablet plus £3.95 p&p for a private prescription, but as your doctor does not get paid by the NHS to provide that prescription he/she can charge e.g. £20 to write a private prescription.

If you have a private prescription you can take it to any pharmacy, just like an NHS prescription, so the p&p charge you quote isn't compulsory.

A family friend wrote me a private prescription for the antibiotics I mentioned earlier (co-amoxiclav) and I was surprised that a week's worth only cost £2.20, including Tesco pharmacy's dispensing charge. I didn't expect it to cost half the price of a box of sudafed which only lasted 2 days X)

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