good morning, I hope the sun is shining where's ever you are! This is my first post on here , I recently joined after going through a bit of a blip. I have ET , diagnosed 13yrs ago at the age of 25. I have been taking hydroxycarbamide since & have had 3 years taking interferon (I had 2 babies) .
My question is regarding prescription charges in England...... I get my prescription for hydroxycarbamide after I see my haematologist at the hospital & take the prescription to the hosp pharmacy who dispense it for me. Up until recently I have not had any problems with this & med is dispensed with no question about payment. On my last few visit the pharmacy assistant asked me if I normally pay for prescriptions (I do) but I said I thought these Meds were not chargeable due to the nature of them ( being a chemotherapy?) she then got the manager who asked me to describe what my malignancy was - in the middle of the waiting room! I said I felt it was private matter & felt uneasy being asked personal questions in the waiting room. I was then made to fill a form in to say I had an certificate to exempt me from paying. ( I don't have a certificate) & the med was dispensed with me feeling like a criminal!!
I do normally pay for prescriptions but does having ET mean I am entitled to an exemption certificate ?
How do you get one?
If I am not entitled will I owe 12 years worth of prescription charges?
Any advise gratefully received! Nicky