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Prescription charges rise ‘could increase the risk of life-threatening asthma attacks’, warns charity

Responding to the news that today [1 April 2019] that prescription charges will increase from £8.80 to £9 per prescription, Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, says:

“The rise in prescription charges is another blow to people with asthma and could put more than a million at risk of a life-threatening asthma attack. Our research shows that three quarters of people with asthma are already struggling to afford prescription charges and we estimate that more than a million people with asthma have skipped their medication because of the cost. By not taking their life-saving medication people are at risk of being hospitalised or even dying from an asthma attack.

“It is utterly unfair than millions of people with asthma are paying just to breathe, especially when those with some other long-term conditions get their prescriptions for free. Asthma is often a life-long condition and it is life-threatening so people with asthma should get their prescriptions for free to help them stay well. We are urging everyone who thinks it’s unfair to join our Stop Unfair Asthma Prescription Charges campaign and sign our petition to urge the Government to remove prescription charges for people with asthma. To sign the petition visit: www.asthma.org.uk/prescriptioncharges.”

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