Nope, just 79p, or maybe it was even 59p, it was under a Pound. I had already handed my credit card assuming there was a serious bill, and then was embarrassed to see the trivial amount. Since I do not know your system, I have no way to explain why. Could it be because the scrip was written be the Waterloo Clinic?
The Waterloo Clinic is a private practice therefore any prescription would be charged at a higher rate than an NHS one. So I'm unsure why you were not charged a prescription fee, perhaps they forgot!
The way the system works here with the NHS is that if you visit a GP and they prescribe medicine you pay the pharmacist where you obtain the medicine a prescription fee, currently £9. You do not pay for the medicine itself. Sometimes the medicine costs less than the prescription and if it can be bought over the counter you're better off doing that rather than using the prescription.
In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland there are no prescription fees, it is only the long suffering English taxpayer who pays the charge.
There is also no prescription fee if you fall into the following category:
children under 16,
people 16–18 and in full-time education,
people who get some means-tested benefits such as Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, income-related Employment and Support Allowance or the guaranteed credit part of Pension Credit and Universal Credit if their net earnings are £435 or less in the last month, or £935 or less if they get money for a child or who have a limited capability to work,
people over 60,
women who are pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months and have a valid maternity exemption certificate (MatEx)
people who have a certificate (HC2) entitling them to help under the NHS Low Income Scheme
There is also a lengthy list of conditions, diseases etc that will exempt you from the fee because of the duration that the patient is expected to be taking the medicine, potentially for the rest of their life.
Sorry to go off on a non VAT related tangent!