According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for nonprescription drugs were 1.45% lower in 2021 versus 2018 (a $0.14 difference in value).
Between 2018 and 2021: Nonprescription drugs experienced an average inflation rate of -0.48% per year. In other words, nonprescription drugs costing $10 in the year 2018 would cost $9.86 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.28% during this same period, inflation for nonprescription drugs was lower.
In the year 2018: Pricing changed by -0.51%, which is below the average yearly change for nonprescription drugs during the 2018-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2018 (2.44%), 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 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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