According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for nonprescription drugs were 3.29% lower in 2021 versus 2015 (a $0.33 difference in value).
Between 2015 and 2021: Nonprescription drugs experienced an average inflation rate of -0.56% per year. In other words, nonprescription drugs costing $10 in the year 2015 would cost $9.67 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.76% during this same period, inflation for nonprescription drugs was lower.
In the year 2015: Pricing changed by -0.78%, which is below the average yearly change for nonprescription drugs during the 2015-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2015 (0.12%), inflation for nonprescription drugs was lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Nonprescription drugs:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Nonprescription drugs, over time, for $10 beginning in 2015. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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