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Sildenafil Citrate 20 Mg Cost

Sildenafil Citrate 20 Mg Cost

Sildenafil Prices

This sildenafil price guide is based on using the Drugs.com discount card  which is accepted at most U.S. pharmacies. The cost for sildenafil intravenous solution (10 mg/12.5 mL) is around $162 for a supply of 12.5 milliliters, depending on the pharmacy you visit. Prices are for cash paying customers only and are not valid with insurance plans.

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I just don’t know why, but I have this problem with what Viagra costs. My husband and I are both in our 70s and we’re not poor, but you know, for 10 pills of Viagra it costs $392.59.

“I think that’s awful. And you know, all your health officials will tell you, ‘Have a healthy sex life,’ and, ‘It’s good for you, it’s healthy, it’s blah blah blah.’ And the insurance companies will tell you, ‘Well these are something you people don’t need.’ And you know, we don’t — all the time.

“But anyway, my husband would kill me, he wouldn’t want his name used. … Lord, you can’t use our names. But if you ever do an article on Viagra, I would just love to see it, because poor people couldn’t possibly afford to have sex! That’s pretty much where my bottom line is.”

Their identities are safe with me. For the purposes of this column, we’ll refer to them as Mr. and Mrs. Whoopee. That may be the last joke we’ll crack because, God bless them, conjugal relations are a serious matter. And she’s 100 percent correct about the price of sildenafil citrate, aka Viagra.

Mr. Whoopee’s prescription is for the 100 mg strength — Viagra also comes in 25 mg and 50 mg doses. Monday, I called five pharmacies around town for price checks. For 10 pills of the 100 mg variety, the price ranged from a low of $344.71 to a high of $392.59 which is where Mr. Whoopee fills his prescriptions.

Thus, we’re talking about roughly $34 to $40 per pop, which seems like a pretty stiff price. If his prescription is monthly, it adds up to more than $4,000 a year.

“There’s a lot of old people who are paying these prices for Viagra,” Mrs. Whoopee told me on the phone Monday.

First, Viagra is patent-protected in the U.S., but not in Canada, noted Jennifer Kokell, a spokeswoman the drug’s manufacturer. That means there are no generics available here, but they are available north of the border. And those drive the price down.

Insurance plans that cover the drug (some don’t) can often reduce the patient’s cost of a typical prescription to $29 to $52, Kokell said. And Pfizer has programs for low-income patients who lack insurance, she added.

The American patent expires in 2019, but Pfizer may be able to extend that protection into 2020 if it wishes. Because Viagra sales in the U.S. total more than $1 billion a year, it would make sense for the company to extend the patent for as long as possible.

Second, Republicans and Democrats in Washington are partly to blame. In 2005, by a wide and bipartisan margin, Congress specifically excluded erectile dysfunction drugs from Medicare or Medicaid coverage. The background for that action was quite interesting.

That year, a semi-scandalous government report revealed that many sex offenders across the country were receiving Medicaid coverage for erectile dysfunction drugs after they were released from prison. Understandably, this caused a tizzy in Congress. Though the Bush administration quickly ordered an end to that practice, Congress felt it should codify the prohibition.

So with Medicare prescription coverage set to take effect in 2006, Congress banned coverage of erectile dysfunction medication for everyone, not just sex criminals. In the House, 100 Democrats and 185 Republicans voted for that bill. At that time, the estimate of the cost savings for taxpayers was $2 billion over 10 years.

At that time, The Times quoted King as saying it sent the wrong message to tell taxpayers that “we’re going to take the money you earned on overtime to pay for grandpa’s Viagra.” What a killjoy.

So all of the above explains why Mr. and Mrs. Whoopee — and hundreds of thousands of other senior citizens across the land — are paying a steep price for some connubial bliss.

But there may be a few ways around that high cost. All are worth discussing with a physician, which is important because while sildenafil citrate is generally safe, there are possible side effects or drug interactions anyone taking it should be wary of.

Abell, from the LOA, told me that in certain circumstances his agency has recommended some Canadian pharmacies that will fill prescriptions by mail, often at a savings of up to 75 percent.

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