Asthma UK responds to research on prescription charges

For immediate release: Friday 26 July 2019

Research out today by has revealed that more than a million patients in England paid more than they needed to for NHS prescriptions last year and could save an average of over £35 by getting a 'prescription prepayment certificate'. Responding to the news, Krisnah Poinasamy, External Affairs Manager at Asthma UK who are campaigning to stop unfair asthma prescription charges, said:

“It’s shocking that people are paying over the odds for their prescriptions because they don’t know that there is a ‘season ticket’ option. This is particularly problematic for people with asthma and could even put them at risk of having a life-threatening asthma attack.

"Our research shows that over a third of people with asthma who pay for their prescriptions do not use a prepayment certificate, with many saying it is because they didn’t know about it, couldn’t afford it or because as their condition varies over time they don’t know how much medication they will need and therefore if it will save them money.*

“Worryingly, around a million people in the UK with asthma are cutting back on taking their medication because of the cost of prescriptions and this puts them at risk of being hospitalised or even dying from an asthma attack.** People with asthma, a long-term condition which can be deadly, should not have to pay for prescription charges, especially as those with some other long term conditions don’t and that’s why we are urging everyone to sign our petition at .”