An important update on free prescriptions for people with diabetes in England

If you’re prescribed any form of medication to manage your diabetes (eg insulin or tablets) you are able to claim free prescriptions, but you must have a valid medical exemption certificate to do so.

Recent changes to the system mean the NHS Business Services Authority are fining people up to £100 for claiming free prescriptions without the certificate plus the cost of the prescription. If you want to keep claiming free prescriptions, get a certificate immediately.

What you need to do:

1)  Get a free medical exemption certificate FP92A by getting an application form from your GP surgery.

2)  You’ll need to get your GP to sign it and return it for you. Your certificate will be delivered to you at home shortly after and is now only valid for five years or until your 60th birthday, whichever is sooner.

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