More than 37,000 Hormone Replacement Therapy certificates have been purchased since Saturday.
The new prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC) launched on the 1st April and has allowed women to access a year’s worth of HRT for just £19.30, saving them hundreds of pounds.
As a result of the new PPC’s, the Department of Health and Social Care estimated that women have saved over £1.13 million in prescription charges for the year, in just four days.
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Michael Brodie, chief executive of the NHS Business Services Authority said: ‘It’s great to see how many people relying on HRT are already benefitting from a more cost-effective way of accessing it.’
The DHSC predicted that the PPC will enable approximately 400,000 women to have cheaper access to menopause support.
As of midday on 4th April, 37,240 HRT PPCs have been bought online and 501 in-pharmacy, totalling 37,741 certificates.
Minister for women’s health strategy, Maria Caulfield said: ‘Over 37,700 women have come forward to claim cheaper HRT this weekend alone, showing what happens when we listen to what women want.
‘Delivering on our promise to make women’s health a priority comes with challenges , but it is hugely important to everyone, and I am massively proud of the work we have done.’
The HRT PPC is valid for 12 months and has no limit on the number of times it can be used before it expires.
On the day it was launched, Professor Dame Lesley Regan, women’s health ambassador for England said: ‘Making HRT easier to access will significantly improve the lives of many women who choose to use it, enabling them to reach their full potential.’
Due to high demand for the certificate, some patients were unable to access the website on the launch date.
However, the NHS Business Services Authority have confirmed the site is up and running.