Over-the-counter medicines are a reliable and affordable way of maintaining wellness for millions of American families. OTC medicines not only treat the symptoms of common ailments but also help prevent a number of costly chronic conditions through products like smoking cessation programs.
The average American household spends approximately $442 on non-prescribed OTC medicines per year while the average senior citizen spends $356 yearly. Many states have already acknowledged the therapeutic value and cost-effectiveness of OTC medicines and allow a retail sales tax exemption for the purchase of these products. Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia do not levy sales taxes on OTC medicines.
CHPA advocates for policies that support access to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines by exempting them from sales tax.
Legislation exempting certain consumer medical devices from sales and use tax is under consideration in state legislatures across the country. So far this year, lawmakers in seventeen states have considered bills that would exempt either menstrual products, adult incontinence products, or both.