§ Mrs. Helen Jackson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if Prempak C hormone replacement therapy treatment will be treated as a single prescription for charging purposes in the future.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
A prescription charge is payable in respect of each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed, unless the patient is entitled to charge exemption or remission. Prempak C contains two separate preparations differentiated by colour and two prescription charges are, therefore, due when these items are dispensed. The fact that for convenience and, as an aid to patient compliance, the two preparations are supplied in one pack does not alter the patient's liability for prescription charges. We have no plans to change these arrangements.