Unlike NHS prescriptions, a private prescription can be written on any piece of paper and a doctor may also write their own private prescriptions - this is against General Medical Council regulations if done with an NHS prescription.
A patient usually has to pay a fee to a private practice doctor, and then another fee to the pharmacy dispensing the medicine - the fee may be more or less than the standard NHS prescription charge. The fee is based on the cost of the drug and the amount supplied, plus a dispensing fee which may be a flat rate or calculated from the cost of the drug. The NHS prescription charge is a standard fee which is not related to the cost of the drug or quantity supplied.
- "Private Prescriptions for Schedule 2 & 3 CDs". Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC). Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- Randall, Christine (June 2011). "How should dentists prescribe, store, order and dispose of controlled drugs?". Retrieved 17 June 2013.
- Oxtoby, Kathy (10 January 2012). "Doctors’ self prescribing". British Medical Journal (BMJ). Retrieved 15 January 2013.