According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for nonprescription drugs are 2.72% higher in 2022 versus 2017 (a $0.27 difference in value).
Between 2017 and 2022: Nonprescription drugs experienced an average inflation rate of 0.54% per year. In other words, nonprescription drugs costing $10 in the year 2017 would cost $10.27 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.61% during this same period, inflation for nonprescription drugs was significantly lower.
In the year 2017: Pricing changed by 0.82%, which is above the average yearly change for nonprescription drugs during the 2017-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2017 (2.13%), inflation for nonprescription drugs was lower.
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Nonprescription drugs, over time, for $10 beginning in 2017. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
|Year||USD Value||Inflation Rate|
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Nonprescription drugs: