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Pharmacy Prices for Viagra and Sildenafil: April 2020

While the average price of Viagra held steady between March and April 2020, the price of its generic equivalent, sildenafil, rose nearly 2.5 percent. 

Viagra’s average price in April 2020 barely changed from the previous month, according to data from Secure Medical’s monthly review of select prescription drug prices.

A bit surprisingly, however, the average price of sildenafil, the generic equivalent of Viagra, increased slightly in April 2020, climbing nearly 2.5 percent from March.

Viagra Price Down 1 Cent

The average price of Viagra slipped 1 cent from $79.87 in March to $79.86 in April. Moving in the opposite direction, sildenafil’s average price rose 54 cents from $21.92 in March 2020 to $22.46 in April.

The rise in sildenafil’s price is somewhat surprising, considering that April 2020 is the month during which Pfizer’s final U.S. patent on Viagra will expire. This means that the door will open for more generic competition, which might have prompted sildenafil’s price to move fall rather than trend higher.

Generic Competition Limited

Although Viagra has faced generic competition since December 2017, that competition has been tightly regulated under the terms of Pfizer’s agreement with Teva, the only non-Pfizer drugmaker to face off against Viagra.

Another version of sildenafil that’s been competing with Teva’s generic is one manufactured and marketed by Greenstone LLC, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pfizer. Through its affiliation with Greenstone, Pfizer has managed to profit off both brand-name and generic versions of the popular erectile dysfunction (ED) drug.

What Comes Next?

It’s impossible to tell just how many new generic versions of the popular ED drug will hit the market in the wake of the expiration of Pfizer’s U.S. patents on Viagra. If new entrants are successful in grabbing a chunk of the existing market for generic Viagra, one might expect average prices to move lower in the foreseeable future.

Among the retail pharmacies surveyed for Secure Medical’s monthly price review, Publix had the lowest posted price for 100 mg Viagra in April at $74.94, 6.2 percent lower than the April 2020 average. Publix also had the lowest price for sildenafil — a shockingly low 79 cents per 100 mg tablet.

Save by Splitting Pills

All prices quoted for Viagra and sildenafil are for a 100 mg tablet of either drug. While the recommended starting dose for either drug is 50 mg, savvy consumers often opt for the higher-strength tablet that can then be split in half to yield two 50 mg doses. Because the price for 50 and 100 mg tablets is identical, this effectively gives them two doses for the price of one. Consumers considering this option should consult their doctors first.

Among the Big 3 ED drugs and their generic competitors — Viagra/sildenafil, Cialis/tadalafil, and Levitra/vardenafil — Viagra/sildenafil remained the most popular as of late 2018-early 2019. Citing data from GoodRx, an article posted at CNBC.com reported that Viagra/sildenafil accounted for 65 percent of all Big 3 ED drug prescriptions filled between December 1, 2018, and January 31, 2019. Cialis/tadalafil was a distant second at 30 percent, while Levitra/vardenafil accounted for only 5 percent of market share.

Benefits of Ordering Online

No matter which ED drug you prefer, you might find that you can save both time and money by ordering it through eDrugstore.com. A longtime online medical facilitator, eDrugstore serves as the middleman between consumers, physicians, and pharmacies.

For customers who don’t yet have a prescription, eDrugstore’s complimentary online consultations are an attractive service. You’ll be matched up with a licensed U.S. physician for a telemedicine consult, and if the doctor finds that you’re an appropriate candidate for the drug, a prescription will be authorized.

Prescriptions are then routed by eDrugstore to one of its licensed U.S. pharmacy partners that will fill the order and then ship it off to the customer’s destination of choice. To learn more, visit eDrugstore’s 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+