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When Will Generic Viagra Be Available In The Us

When Will Generic Viagra Be Available In The Us

Buying Viagra in the United States

U.S. patients must have a prescription to obtain Viagra at local pharmacies.Viagra can be prohibitively expensive here in the United States. At this time, there is no generic version available in the U.S.There has been a lot of informed speculation in recent years about what would happen when Viagra finally did become available in generic form. Acclaimed pharmaceutical industry observer and reporter Jim Edwards has written about that issue for this site (links are below). Several drug companies were poised to leap on the opportunities presented by the expired patent – most notably, Teva Pharmaceuticals, which gained tentative approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market a generic version of Viagra.

What will generic formulations of Viagra be called?

Because Viagra is a trademarked brand name for Pfizer’s formulation of sildenafil citrate, generic versions will be marketed simply as sildenafil citrate. This follows the standard procedure for generics that carry the name of the active ingredient. For example, generic formulations of the popular brand-name drugs Prozac and Plavix are known as fluoxetine hydrochloride and clopidogrel bisulfate, respectively.

Effectiveness of the generic Viagra

It is worth noting that the FDA requires generic drugs to have the same active ingredients as the original. Thus, the generic Viagra should contain sildenafil citrate as the active ingredient in the same proportions as the original. The inactive ingredients do not have to be the same. Therefore, users of Viagra may be assured of the same potency from the generic version as they get from the original.Higher competition in the market benefits users of the drug as they will get it at better prices. The price of the original Viagra may also reduce for it to remain relevant in the market.

How Sildenafil Citrate Works

Like Viagra, these generic pills are designed to temporarily overcome the symptoms of erectile dysfunction caused by insufficient blood flow to the penis, which accounts for about 80 percent of all ED. Neither Viagra nor its generic alternatives are likely to be effective in cases where impotence is due to psychological factors, such as extreme anxiety or depression. Men who believe their ED symptoms are psychological in origin should seek appropriate professional counseling to get to the root of such problems.Viagra and the other brand-name oral ED medications belong to a family of drugs known as PDE5 inhibitors, so called because they can temporarily disable an enzyme known as phosphodiesterase-5, or PDE5 for short. The Viagra generics, when they come to market, will fall into the same classification of drugs.

Why is sildenafil cheaper than Viagra?

As a generic medicine, sildenafil is produced by a number of manufacturers, and competition among them helps to regulate its price and keep it affordable for consumers. Branded Viagra is only produced by Pfizer, whose name recognition and customer loyalty allow it to charge a higher price for its renowned ‘little blue pills’.

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