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A Man Walks into a Doctor’s Office: Viagra Cost Comparison

Getting a prescription for Viagra can be a time-consuming exercise. Between travel time and waiting time at the doctor’s office and pharmacy, it’s calculated to take more than an hour. What’s your time worth?

“Time is money.” Often attributed to founding father Benjamin Franklin, this observation still rings true, no matter who said it first.

And men can spend a lot of time — easily translatable into monetary terms — getting a prescription for Viagra from the doctor and then picking it up from the pharmacy.

Median Weekly Pay Is $905

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary earners was $905 during the first quarter of 2019. That means the median hourly pay was roughly $22.63.

Using that figure, let’s take a quick look at how the cost of getting a prescription quickly mounts up. According to Altarum, a Michigan-based health care consulting firm, Americans spend an average of 34 minutes traveling to and from the doctor’s office.

Waiting to See the Doctor

Once you’ve reached the doctor’s office, you’ll spend an average of 20 minutes between the waiting room and examination room before you actually see the doctor. Once you’ve picked up the prescription, you’ll then have to travel to your local pharmacy, where it’s estimated you will wait an average of 12 minutes before you actually have your prescription in hand.

So far, you’ve spent 66 minutes in pursuit of that Viagra prescription. That works out to $24.89 worth of your time, based on median weekly income data. But the costs don’t stop there. You’ll also have to shell out an average of $20 in copay for that doctor’s visit, bringing the tally to just shy of $45.

Wait, There’s More

On top of that, of course, you’ll have to pay for the prescription itself. Given the reluctance of insurers to cover erectile dysfunction drugs, you’ll have little choice but to pay the full cash price for the drug at the pharmacy. For an overview of recent Viagra prices at major retail pharmacy chains, check out this earlier eDrugstore.com blog posting.

For those who simply don’t have the time to go chasing after a prescription, ordering your ED drug online offers an attractive alternative, but only if you’re dealing with a reputable online supplier.

Ordering from eDrugstore

One such supplier is eDrugstore.com, an online facilitator that’s been in business since the late 1990s. Based in Tempe, Arizona, it sells only FDA-approved medications, including a full range of brand-name and generic ED drugs.

Placing your order with eDrugstore is simplicity itself. Its prices for ED and other lifestyle drugs are competitive with those charged at major retail pharmacy chains throughout the United States.

Complimentary Consultation

If you don’t have a doctor’s prescription, eDrugstore will set up a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if appropriate.

And shipping is free. If you’re in a real rush to get your drugs, you can pay for expedited service.

If you take full advantage of all of eDrugstore’s complimentary services, you’ll save yourself at least $45, which should cover at least one or two doses of whichever ED medication you choose. Not to mention the savings in time. To learn more about all that eDrugstore has to offer, visit its Erectile Dysfunction page.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+