RPS calls on political leaders to end prescription charges for long-term conditions

In partnership with the Prescription Charges Coalition (PCC), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) has taken a significant step by urging political
leaders to abolish prescription charges for individuals with long-term conditions.

Tase Oputu, Chair of the RPS England Pharmacy Board, signed an open letter on Thursday, calling on party leaders to address this pressing issue.

The letter emphasises the outdated nature of the current exemption list, which forces individuals with chronic conditions like Parkinson’s, cystic fibrosis,
and HIV to bear the cost of their essential medications.

It urges party leaders to urgently review and update the exemption list to ensure equitable access to necessary medicines.

“Nobody should face a financial barrier to accessing the medicines they need,” Oputu stated.