Guides

Buying PrEP in the UK including online

Buying PrEP from 56 Dean Street clinic

The PrEP shop at 56 Dean Street in central London currently sells generic PrEP at a lower price than many online suppliers.

Their price for six packs of PrEP is £105.00 (in November 2019). This is £17.50 for pack of 30 tablets. Three packs are £60 (£20 per pack) and a single pack is £30.

These are prices for NHS patients who are also able to get all related tests and monitoring free. This is not an internet-based service so you need to be able to visit this clinic. See:

PrEP shop is also available from the John Hunter Clinic at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in west London.

Buying PrEP online

It is legal to buy generic PrEP online, from outside the EU, if this is for personal use. Personal use is defined as up to three months of daily PrEP.

Online TD/FTC costs about £20 – £40 + post for 30 tablets (depending on supplier). TAF/FTC is more expensive.

Generic PrEP contains the same medicine as the brand products (Truvada or Descovy), but made by a different company to the one that had the orginal patent.

PrEP supplied by NHS clinics in the UK is also generic and different brands may be used at different places and times. Generics approved by the US FDA and or the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are safe to use. See FDA listing:
www.fda.gov/InternationalPrograms/PEPFAR/ucm119231.htm

Sometimes buying PrEP online might take a while for the drugs to arrive. It is best to order at least a month in advance.

You need a combined pill that contains both tenofovir (TD, TDF or TAF) and emtricitabine.  For example, you need Tenvir-EM or Ricovir-EM rather than just Tenvir or Ricovir. 

TAF/FTC has only been studied as PrEP for men and trans women.

Several UK community websites have information about how and where to buy PrEP online.

Some clinics will support you and provide advice and testing if you buy PrEP online. However, the NHS is only responsible for meds that it supplies. The community websites above recommend good suppliers.

Which online suppliers can I use for PrEP?

i-Base does not endorse or guarantee any online supplier.

i-Base has no connections with any online supplier. We have no commercial conflict of interest.

This community page from IWPN is updated frequently if web suppliers change and also included practical advice about buying PrEP online.

The following websites sell generic versions of tenofovir/emtricitabine: Tenvir EM (manufactured by Cipla) and Tavin EM (manufactured by Emcure). This is one of the formulations approved by the US FDA and the WHO.

These suppliers appear to be established suppliers for a wide range of medicines including HIV and hepatitis C drugs.

[NOTE: we sometimes hear of supply issues with generic suppliers but these companies usually try very hard to resolve these. If problems occur, then first contact the company directly as often a replacement will be sent. i-Base have no direct links to these companies but please let us know if you have problems that might change our decision to list them.]

Last updated: 1 November 2019.