##
Prices for Nonprescription Drugs, 2012-2021 ($10)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for nonprescription drugs were
3.89% lower
in 2021 versus 2012 (a $0.39 difference in value).

**Between 2012 and 2021:** Nonprescription drugs experienced an average inflation rate of -0.44% per year.
In other words, nonprescription drugs costing $10 in the year 2012 would cost $9.61 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase.
Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.73% during this same period, inflation for nonprescription drugs was
lower.

**In the year 2012:** Pricing changed by 0.73%, which is
above the average yearly
change for nonprescription drugs during the 2012-2021 time period.
Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for nonprescription drugs was
lower.

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Price Inflation for Nonprescription drugs since 2009

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Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Years with the largest changes in pricing:
2011 *(-1.34%)*,
2016 *(-1.17%)*,
and 2021 *(-1.01%)*.

## Buying power of $10 since 2012

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Nonprescription drugs, over time, for $10 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

## How to calculate the inflation rate for nonprescription drugs, 2012-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 2012 * 2012 USD value = 2021 USD value
Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for

Nonprescription drugs was 99.338 in the year 2012 and 95.472 in 2021:

95.472 / 99.338 * $10 = **$9.61**
Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $10 in 2012 has the same "purchasing power" as $9.61 in 2021 (in the CPI category of

Nonprescription drugs).

**Source:** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the

Consumer Price Index for Nonprescription drugs in 2009. In addition to nonprescription drugs, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.