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Royal Pharmaceutical Society questions prescription fee

1 April 2012 Last updated at 10:28 BST

An increase in NHS prescription charges in England of 25p to £7.65 has come into effect.

The government says 90% of prescriptions are free of charge and the income from those who are charged helps the NHS to maintain vital services for patients.

But Neal Patel from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society said they had urged the government to freeze the charges.

"We'd like to see the government look at the reform of these charges," he told BBC News.