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How many months supply is a standard NHS Prescription?
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Old 20-08-2012, 1:06 PM
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Default How many months supply is a standard NHS Prescription?

As above, I thought it was three months but was prescribed two months by my GP? (Its the second prescription of blood pressure tablets BTW)
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I've never had blood pressure tablets but in my experience the quantity you get prescribed depends a lot on what the medication is, how long before a med review is due and how long they expect you to need that medication at that particular dose. I've had some things where I was only given a week or two at a time and had to go back and speak to the doctor each time before getting a repeat and other things they happily give six months at a time.
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I only ever get one months supply of my migraine and IBS medication, so you are very lucky to get 2 months.
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It's up to the GP and the guidance from their PCT. Mine only allows one month for items on long term repeat E.G. Blood pressure, Statins etc.
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i get 3 months worth of 2 inhalers, the other lasts barely a month each time. 6 months of the pill at a time.

it's different by area, had a real fight when I moved to my last doctors to get them to give me more than one of each inhaler at a time
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I think it is entirely up to the GP's discretion.

If you GP only prescribes one month's worth, and you are on more than one medication, you might want to consider buying a pre-payment certificate. I have several medicines and used to worry about affording to get them dispensed. I now pay 10.40 per month by DD and it covers all prescriptions.
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As others have said it depends on the medicine and the GP. Some of my medicines I get one month supply, others two months.
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Ours used to give two months, but recently changed to monthly following instruction from the PCT, following instruction from the department of health, who desire all GP's to only prescribe monthly prescriptions.... I wonder why that could be?
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When the current lot got in, there was a big hoo-ha about them introducing changes which would mean that GPs have to manage their own budgets. Would this be affecting how many months prescription a patient can get?
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Thanks everyone, might be worthwhile going down the monthly DD route as I get a psoriasis cream occasionally.
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When the current lot got in, there was a big hoo-ha about them introducing changes which would mean that GPs have to manage their own budgets. Would this be affecting how many months prescription a patient can get?
I don't think so, My GP has only done a month for the 6 years that I have been with them.
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Interesting information here, the amount should be standardised across the UK surely?
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Mine used to be 6-monthly but it's been changed to monthly as "we want to monitor and maybe change your medicines" but nothing has been changed the last 6 times I've been back.

It's annoying as I have to take time off every time I need a GP appointment whereas I could pop to the pharmacy in my lunch break to collect it. And as my doctor's surgery closes between 12-2 I can't make an appointment in my lunch break either.
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Most of my meds are for long term chronic conditions and I get either 2 or 3 months at a time. It tends to be 2 months for those on repeat and 3 for those that I need to see the GP for. They seem to weigh up the cost of the drugs against the non-availability of appointments.
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I am hypothyroid so I need life long medication. I used to get two month's meds at a time but it has now changed to only one month. Totally stupid as I will always need the thyroxine.

My husband works abroad so the surgery have agreed that he can get two month's prescription at a time as it is difficult to manage his visits and the need for meds.
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My current doctor's surgery only prescribes 1 month at a time (or one box/packet if that is more than a month's supply). They say it is to save money, but I don't pay for my prescriptions so it's just increasing the admin work and therefore cost for the NHS. It's very odd.
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Does frequency change when you don't have to pay? The cynic in me thinks maybe it does.
Possibly. I get 6 months for the contraceptive pill (free), 1 month of IBS meds and 2 months of anti-d's.
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It is also to do with trying to cut down waste when medicines are changed or not used regulary and this can't always be predicted.

I know that most people do use all of their medicines, but if someone doesn't use it all or asks for it every month even if they haven't taken it regularly then it gets wasted.

A lot of pharmacies will arrange to collect prescriptions from the GP if you can't get there easily yourself. It might be worth asking your regular pharmacy to do this for you.
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I am hypothyroid so I need life long medication. I used to get two month's meds at a time but it has now changed to only one month. Totally stupid as I will always need the thyroxine.

My husband works abroad so the surgery have agreed that he can get two month's prescription at a time as it is difficult to manage his visits and the need for meds.
As you need your thyroxine for life you should get it free. Ask your GP for an exemption certificate - you need to fill in most of it and your GP signs to say its correct.

For those who only get 1 month, speak to your GP to see if they'll change it to 2 due to cost. I doubt you'll get more than 2 months but it all helps.
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We dont pay for our prescriptions in N.Ireland - I work in a pharmacy and regularly see scripts for 1 month or 2 months (equally some things will be for 2 or 3 weeks and others for 3 or 6 months).

It really is down to the individual GP's discression and not down to making money from those being prescribed the medication (as they dont make anything in N.Ireland with the exception of private prescriptions).
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