With the August 17, 2010 release of Producer Price Index (PPI) data, indexes for August 2009 through February 2010 for Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing (pcu32541-32541-) have been removed from the PPI database.
This action became necessary upon the discovery that incorrect component weights were being used in the calculation of this aggregate following the PPI Net Output Ratio update that occurred with the release of PPI data for August 2009. This weighting error subsequently has been corrected, and data for March 2010 forward are calculated to the proper index level.
The BLS regrets any inconvenience this may cause data users. Further information is available from the PPI Section of Index Analysis and Public Information, at (202) 691-7705.
Last Modified Date: August 17, 2010