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March 2020: Average Pharmacy Prices for Viagra and Sildenafil

The average price of Viagra in March was little changed from its February level, while its generic equivalent’s average price edged further downward, continuing a trend that began in the middle of 2019. 

The average price for Viagra remained relatively stable in March 2020, according to data from Secure Medical’s monthly review of select prescription drug prices. And while the price of sildenafil citrate, Viagra’s generic equivalent, saw no dramatic movement, it did decline a very modest 1.3 percent from February to March.

Viagra’s price inched 1 cent lower from a February average of $79.87 per 100 mg tablet to $79.86 in March. For its generic counterpart, the average price per 100 mg tablet fell 28 cents from $21.92 in February to $21.64 in March.

Many Users Split Tablets

The recommended starting dose for both Viagra and sildenafil is 50 mg. However, because prices for 50 and 100 mg tablets of those drugs are identical, most men buy the higher-strength tablets and split them, thus getting two doses for the price of one.

While the average price of Viagra is slightly higher than it was in mid-2019, the price of its generic equivalent is down very sharply. Viagra’s average price in July 2019 was $79.28, about 0.07 percent lower than its March 2020 price of $79.86. By contrast, sildenafil’s price dropped a whopping 35.5 percent from $33.56 in July 2019 to $21.64 in March 2020.

More Generics on the Horizon

April 2020 will bring a change that could affect the prices of both brand-name Viagra and its existing generic competitors, which have thus far been relatively few in number. That month, Pfizer’s final U.S. patents on Viagra will expire, opening the door to increase generic competition.

In fact, Viagra’s limited generic competition up until now has been the result of an unusual agreement struck between Pfizer and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in December 2013. Challenging the validity of Pfizer’s remaining patents on Viagra, Teva as early as 2010 had announced its intention to begin marketing a generic version of the drug.

What the Agreement Covered

Not surprisingly, Pfizer took Teva to court in an attempt to block the latter’s challenge to Pfizer’s patents. After a couple of years of litigation, Pfizer reached an agreement with Teva that would allow the Israeli-based generic giant to begin selling a generic version of Viagra as of December 11, 2017. That same agreement recognized the validity of Pfizer’s remaining U.S.  Viagra patents and set their expiration date at April 2020.

With that upcoming expiration, additional generic competition for Viagra — and its existing generic competitors — will undoubtedly begin. This has already exerted some downward price pressure on existing generic alternatives to Viagra, as can be seen in the decline in their average prices from mid-2017 to March 2020.

Lower Prices Likely

Some have speculated that Pfizer has kept its prices for brand-name Viagra relatively stable to slightly higher in order to squeeze the maximum profits out of the brand before generic competition increases. If so, prices for both Viagra and sildenafil will likely trend further downward as more generic entries hit the market. However, only time will tell.

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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+