Nonprescription drugs and medications now are exempt from sales taxes in Connecticut, effective April 1.

Some examples of nonprescription items that are now sales-tax-free include vitamins; antihistamines; cough, cold, asthma and allergy medicines; pain relievers; antacids, and other similar medications.

Prescription medications already were exempt from the state sales taxes, which is 6.35%.

Should boost preventive care

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the change “will mean lower costs for consumers while ultimately leading to a better public health outcome for all.

"Preventative care is a necessity, and by eliminating these sales taxes, we are helping our residents save some money, stay healthy, and improve quality of life," he said.

According to a press release from the governor’s office, Malloy introduced the legislation last year that exempts nonprescription drugs and medications from the sales tax.

The state Department of Revenue Services has created a document to provide guidance on the types of produces included in the newly enacted exemption. Click below to read that document: