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Free Prescriptions

Updated: Sep 26

Free Prescriptions

Get free prescriptions at your local Unichem Pharmacy

Prescriptions are now free at your local Unichem Pharmacy. From 1st July 2023, the Government has scrapped its $5 co-payment charge for prescriptions from approved providers.

Get your fully funded medicines free, alongside free professional health care and advice from your local Unichem.

Free care + advice

Your community pharmacy offers so much more than prescriptions.

Unichem Pharmacies proudly offer free professional health, wellness and beauty care and advice.

Pop in and talk to your local Unichem Pharmacist about managing health conditions, getting the most out of your medicine and finding the right products for you.

Your local pharmacy

With a network of more than 250 pharmacies throughout New Zealand, you’ll find the professional health, beauty and wellness care and advice you need.

We stock high-quality natural health products, over-the-counter medication and beauty essentials. We also offer a range of healthcare services, including:

  • Coeliac disease testing

  • Blood pressure checks

  • Vaccinations

  • Bowel health screening

  • Medicine management

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How free prescriptions work

Want to know more about how free prescriptions work? Read our handy FAQs below and feel free to talk to your pharmacist if you have any questions that aren’t answered here.

Why is the $5 co-payment being removed?

The Government believes it will help more Kiwis. Health Minister Ayesha Verrall says "removing the $5 charge will make it easier and cheaper for New Zealanders to access the medicines they need, having a meaningful impact for many households."

It could also reduce the pressure on hospitals and other health services.

Which prescriptions are free?

Which prescriptions do I need to pay for?

What is the Prescription Subsidy Scheme?

Does my free prescription qualify for Living Rewards points?

More ways to save money with Unichem Pharmacies

Living Rewards

Get rewards when you shop at Unichem. Earn one point for every $1 you spend on retail purchases and one point for every paid prescription item. When you reach 150 points, you’ll get a $10 voucher to spend in-store.

Join Living Rewards

Free care + advice

Get free care and advice from your local Unichem health professional. Your local pharmacist is available to discuss health conditions and medicines, provide advice on products and more.

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Ready to find your local Unichem?

Whether you need a prescription, or you’d like to pop in for some free care and advice, you can find your local Unichem easily online.

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Free Prescriptions Terms & Conditions:

1. Charges relating to partially funded or unfunded medicine prescriptions may apply.

2. Prescription co-payments remain for prescriptions from unapproved prescribers (e.g., private specialists and private dentists)

3. Living Rewards Points:

  • One Living Rewards point will be allocated per prescription item on the initial prescription only.

  • Living Rewards points are not available on repeat prescriptions.

To earn points members must either present their Living Rewards card or provide an email address or mobile number at time of purchase for points to be allocated to their membership profile

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