Throughout 2020, major pharmaceutical retailer CVS did not have the lowest prices on the prescription drug Levitra but did offer cheaper prices on the generic vardenafil. In 2021, CVS dropped their prices for vardenafil below those of Publix. Prices for both the brand-name and generic medications change often, and consumers are wise to not only consider the cost of individual pills when shopping for Levitra and vardenafil but also the time, effort, and money that can be saved by using an online provider like eDrugstore.
CVS in Comparison to Walmart
Our research shows that CVS, which also owns and runs pharmacies at Target, in September 2021 continued to charge more than Walmart for 20 milligrams of Levitra while offering one of the lowest prices for generic vardenafil at $14.19. In September, the only major pharmacy offering a lower price on generic vardenafil was Rite Aid, which offers 20 milligrams of vardenafil for $12.66.
Walmart continued to offer a lower than average price for Levitra at $54.64 but did not match the low price offered by Costco of $51.79 for 20 milligrams of Levitra.
Fluidity in CVS Pricing
CVS has experimented with the price of generic vardenafil, perhaps seeking the highest price point possible to undercut other retail offerings. Their price has, however, held steady for the last two months.
Levitra and Vardenafil: Newer Players in the Field of ED Medication
While the ED medication Viagra/sildenafil has been around for decades (receiving FDA approval in 1996), the brand-name Levitra has only been a player in the ED market since 2003, when it was approved for marketing by the USDA.
Levitra is taken orally 60 minutes before sexual activity, and for most patients, the recommended starting dose is 10 milligrams, which is often achieved by cutting a 20 milligram pill in half. The maximum recommended dosing is only once daily, so one 20 milligram pill may be used for two doses and two days’ worth of treatment.
Why Some Retailers Offer Lower Costs on Generic Vardenafil
As a major retailer that seeks to sell not only prescription drugs but also a range of home health care and groceries, it is to CVS’s advantage to undercut the prices of other drug retailers. By placing their pharmacy counters in the back of the store, retailers like CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart hope to ensure that consumers will browse other offerings on their way to pick up prescriptions. The profit on those sales for stores like CVS makes up for the shortfall in the price of drugs.
How many times have you stopped at a retail pharmacy for your prescription and bought other items, either on your way to or from the pharmacy counter or while you waited for your prescription to be filled? Are you sure that you received the lowest price for those items? When considering your pharmacy options, it is a good idea to factor in those (sometimes unnecessary) purchases as well when you consider the best value for your time and money.
Other Considerations to Get the Most for Your Time and Money
While major retail outlets like Walmart and CVS are ubiquitous in the United States, they may not be the best bet for ED patients seeking the best deal. Other factors should be considered when choosing where to source your erectile dysfunction medication. These factors include:
- Convenience: Yes, brick-and-mortar retailers are convenient in the sense that there is likely one close to home. How convenient is it for you, however, to make time in your day to call in the prescription and then wait in line at the drive-through pickup window or in the store itself in order to pick up the medication? Wouldn’t it be more convenient to have your medicine delivered directly to your home?
- Time: Modern U.S. consumers are busy, with schedules that do not often allow the trip through traffic to another location. Time is a real consideration when choosing between the online ordering of medicine with home delivery or using the physical retailer.
- Safety: In 2020 and 2021, as we have learned, physical stores and proximity to other people can be a real concern due to the transmission of illness. Home delivery like the kind offered by online retailer eDrugstore lets you receive your medication without risking exposure.
- Money: While the price per dose of Levitra and vardenafil may be lower at retailers like CVS, when considering the price, consumers should also consider the additional costs of time off work (lost wages); the cost of gas, public transport, or vehicle depreciation; and the price of any impulse purchases when they visit a retail store.
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Elizabeth Nichols is an experienced and flexible author with extensive experience in both popular media and academic publishing. She specializes in health, medical and travel writing.