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Pfizer’s Chokehold on Viagra Market Finally Ends

Generic formulations of Pfizer’s iconic little blue pill are now available in the United States. This puts erectile dysfunction relief within the financial reach of more American men than ever before.

On December 11, 2017, after nearly two decades of its U.S. patent exclusivity for Viagra, pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer finally opened the door to generic competition for the little blue pill.

Under an agreement struck with Pfizer a few years earlier, generics giant Teva Pharmaceuticals introduced the first generic formulation of Viagra to the U.S. market. In return, Israeli-based Teva must pay Pfizer royalties until the latter’s U.S. patent on Viagra finally expires in April 2020.

But Teva is not the only player that wants a piece of the pie. In fact, Greenstone LLC, a wholly owned Pfizer subsidiary, has also introduced its own generic version of Viagra. And nine other companies have filed with the Food and Drug Administration for approval to market their generic versions of Viagra as well.

At long last, Pfizer’s chokehold on the market is over, with consumers and companies alike greatly benefitting from this.

The Importance of Generic Viagra

The main problem with purchasing Viagra — besides the price — is that much of the time, insurance companies refuse to cover prescriptions, period. And on the off chance that an exception is made, men are prescribed a tiny amount, not nearly enough to last.

Not only will allowing the sale of generics allow other companies to profit, stimulating the market, but consumers will finally be able to purchase the drug, whose main active ingredient is sildenafil, at affordable prices, further stimulating sales. As an added boon to the consumer, having such a wide array of choices available will continue to drive down prices as companies fight for their share of the market.

The market price for brand-name Viagra’s ranges from $35 to $45 per pill. With nowhere else to turn, many men have been forced to resort to purchasing from the overseas market, primarily India, where the drug is sold for a quarter of its current market value. This has greatly impacted sales, as the black market has taken quite a sizable chunk. Not only that, men are placing their health at risk by doing so, thanks to questionable inspection practices and quality control; these men will finally be able to rest easy and be able to purchase Viagra without breaking the bank.

Whether you want to try a generic formulation of Viagra — marketed as sildenafil citrate — or stick to the brand-name original from Pfizer, you can get the ED drug you want by ordering from longtime online facilitator eDrugstore.com. In business since the late 1990s, eDrugstore offers a full range of brand-name and generic ED drugs, all of which are sourced exclusively from licensed U.S. pharmacies. To learn more, visit eDrugstore’s Erectile Dysfunction page.