Free Prescriptions

You can get free NHS prescriptions if you have a number of medical conditions, including AVP Deficiency (Diabetes Insipidus) and other forms of hypopituitarism. This information is only relevant to people in England. Prescriptions in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are free for all.

Free prescriptions are available if you are on at least one of the following drugs:

  • Hydrocortisone
  • Thyroxine
  • Desmopressin
  • Testosterone
  • Oestrogen replacement
  • Growth hormone

The NHS has an eligibility checker where you can check whether you are able to get free prescriptions.

Medical Exemption Certificate

To get free prescriptions you will need a medical exemption certificate. To obtain the certificate you must complete form FP92A, which you can get from your GP. Your GP, or a member of your medical practise, will need to sign the form to confirm the statement is correct.

The certificates only last for 5 years, and you are responsible for ensuring it is renewed. Usually you will receive a reminder.

If you are not sure whether you are entitled to free prescriptions, you must pay for your prescription and ask for the refund form(FP57) when you pay.You must apply for a refund within 3 months of paying the prescription charge.

Pre-payment Certificate

If you are not entitled to free prescriptions and you think you will have to pay for more than 3items in 3months or more than 11 items in 12 months, you may find it cheaper to buy a pre-payment certificate. The NHS website has lots of information about pre-payment certificates and how to apply for one.