My Cart

0 Item(s): $0.00

You have no items in your shopping cart.

When Will Viagra Become Generic

When Will Viagra Become Generic

What about over the counter Viagra?

Over the counter Viagra is on the way, but not here in the US. The UK just recently became the first country where patients can buy Viagra over the counter (OTC), without a prescription. This decision by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (the UK’s FDA) is expected to reduce the use of unregulated, black market erectile dysfunction drugs. OTC Viagra, to be sold as Viagra Connect, will be available as a 50 mg tablet for £19.99, or $26.81 US dollars, for a 4-tablet pack.  Pfizer, the drug’s maker, says it should be in UK stores by spring of 2018.

Clinical Trials Have Multiple Phases

Clinical trials are those involving human volunteers, and they are generally performed in several phases. Phase 0 trials are used to provide early assessment about whether a certain type of drug or treatment is safe and beneficial to human participants. Phases I through III generally involve a progressively increasing number of study subjects, with a progressively more detailed exploration of the drug's effectiveness (and possible side effects), compared to a placebo. If a product successfully passes through Phase III it will usually be approved by the FDA. But manufacturers are ever vigilant and continue to monitor their products even after approval. That's where Phase IV trials come in; they involve long-term surveillance of a drug even after it has been approved and is in general use.

Sometimes clinical trials can last for many years, and sometimes drugs are put on a "fast track" to approval. Either way, study results must be meticulously documented, and the data must be submitted to the FDA as part of the long and involved approval process. The FDA's own site has an article about that if you are interested.

Dosage

For most patients, the recommended dose is 50 mg taken, as needed, approximately 1 hour before sexual activity. However, Viagra may be taken anywhere from 4 hours to 0.5 hour before sexual activity. Based on effectiveness and toleration, the dose may be increased to a maximum recommended dose of 100 mg or decreased to 25 mg. The maximum recommended dosing frequency is once per day.

Storage

Store Viagra at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Viagra out of the reach of children and away from pets.

Conclusion

Lifestyle drugs like Viagra and Cialis have been an extraordinary success for drug companies for many years. It will be difficult to replace the revenue of these blockbuster drugs once they go off patent in the United States, but when that happens consumers can expect generics to race into the marketplace and for prices to fall. The real question, however, is whether U.S. patent law and policy will continue to give pharmaceutical companies the incentives necessary to innovate lifesaving medicines, or whether we will continue to see more and more blockbuster lifestyle drugs moving into the future.

Loading...