Prescription charges in Scotland will fall to £3 from tomorrow (the 1st of April 2010). If you live in Wales or Northern Ireland then prescriptions are already free. It is planned to phase out prescription charges in Scotland by 2011. If you live in England you still have to pay £7.20.
Not everyone in Scotland has to pay for their prescriptions, there is a leaflet called “Help with Health Costs” that gives more information on who is exempt and how to apply. In the last three-quarters of the year 66 million prescriptions were dispensed in Scotland. You might not know that drugs in Scotland are approved by the SMC (the Scottish Medical Consortium), an equivalent body in England is called NICE (the National Institute for Clinical Excellence).