Annual pharmaceutical hikes are something we expect and the year 2018 is looking to be no different. Drug prices are expected to climb at least 8% in 2018. That’s well in excess of the rate of inflation. The inflation rate is expected to be 2.38%. Seniors won’t get much help either. Social Security will likely see a cost of living increase of a mere 2%. This is nothing new. Incomes can’t keep up with the price of pharmaceuticals.