Alex Neil MSP has expressed his delight at the news from the Scottish Government that prescription charges have been further reduced, the last Scottish Government funded reduction before they are completely scrapped next year.
The new charge for a single prescription is now £3, down from £4.
A four-month prescription pre-payment certificate (PPC) falls by £3 to £10 while a 12 month PPC is now £28 from £38.
Mr Neil said this was very welcome news for people suffering long term health issues:
"Prescription charges are a tax on the sick and I am delighted that the Scottish Government is continuing to live up to its promise to scrap them completely.
"This further phased reduction will be greatly welcomed by constituents across Lanarkshire who are having to pay substantial amounts of money just to receive prescriptions for their illnesses.
"Healthcare should be free at the point of access for everyone and that is why we have been intent on driving down prescription charges leading up to complete abolition in fulfilment of one of our key manifesto pledges.
"Removing the prescription charge will ensure that cost is no longer a barrier to those needing to take the medication prescribed to them."