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Generic Viagra in 2017: Sooner Than Expected

by Elizabeth Davis on December 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Pfizer, the manufacturer of erectile dysfunction med Viagra, just reached a settlement with generic manufacturer Teva that will allow Teva to start selling generic Viagra (sildenafil) in December 2017—that’s more than two years earlier than the current patent expiration in April 2020.

This is great for anyone using Viagra, as the cost of generic sildenafil will be lower, but a there are a few things to keep in mind.

The Teva generic will be the only one available for two-plus years, unless there are other settlements or the patent is contested successfully. This means that there won’t be a lot of competition to drive the generic price down once it hits the market.

There is also a chance that because the indication (the reason it’s prescribed) isn’t considered essential by many insurance plans, your odds of getting the generic covered may not be all that much better than the brand.

Some better news though: The patent expiration for Cialis also falls in that 2017 – 2020 window, in May 2018, so other generic options in the same class of drugs may help lower prices as well.

You may also be aware that generic sildenafil is already available, as a generic to pulmonary arterial hypertension drug Revatio. You can check out Dr. O’s article It’s Here! Finally a Viagra You Can Afford for more info.

Overall, don’t expect major changes for a little while longer yet, but they are coming.

In the meantime, you can see Viagra offers and prices here, and Cialis offers and prices hereViagra and Cialis both offer free trials, and Viagra offers a home delivery program.


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