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Viagra and Generic Viagra Prices at CVS and Target

CVS now owns and operates the pharmacy departments within Target stores. Their prices for Viagra and sildenafil are attractive but offer a lot less for your money than the same drugs ordered online from eDrugstore.

CVS Health, the parent company of America’s largest retail pharmacy chain, in mid-2015 announced its plans to acquire the pharmacy and retail clinic businesses operated by Target Corporation. This acquisition added nearly 1,700 retail pharmacies to the CVS chain. It also put the CVS brand with easy reach of Target’s millions of U.S. customers.

While speculation that CVS and Target might eventually merge has not yet become a reality, there’s no denying that CVS has been on a very aggressive acquisition tear in recent years. In October 2018, CVS Health received approval from the U.S. Department of Justice to acquire Aetna, a major player in the managed health care business, for the whopping sum of $69 billion.

Drug Prices Are the Same

Regardless of whether CVS and Target ever join forces, the latter’s pharmacy operations already belong to CVS, which means that prescription drug prices at CVS and Target are virtually identical in most major U.S. markets.

To save on erectile dysfunction drugs, many savvy shoppers ask their doctors to prescribe a tablet that’s twice the strength of the dose they usually take. In the case of Viagra and its generic equivalent, sildenafil citrate, the recommended starting dose is 50 milligrams. Because prices between varying-strength tablets of the same drug are often identical, it makes sense to buy 100-milligram tablets, each of which can be split in half to yield two 50-milligram doses. Thus, consumers are getting two doses for what they’d ordinarily pay for a single 50-milligram tablet of the drugs.

CVS-Target Prices vs. Online Prices

The currently posted price for a 100-milligram tablet of Viagra at both CVS and Target is $76.67, which brings the cost per 50-milligram dose to $38.34 at both pharmacies. If you choose instead to go with the generic Viagra option, the CVS-Target price for a 100-milligram tablet of sildenafil is $18.33, which brings the cost of a 50-milligram dose to $9.17.

By contrast, the prices for those same drugs at eDrugstore.com, a longtime online facilitator based in Tempe, Arizona, are somewhat higher, but the differential shrinks considerably when you consider some of the added value the online purchase includes.

You’ll Need a Prescription

To purchase either Viagra or sildenafil in the United States, you’ll need a prescription, which entails not just the cost of the doctor’s visit but also related travel costs and the hassle of getting time off from work. Order from eDrugstore, and you can have a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if appropriate. That can represent a significant savings in both time and money.

And ordering from eDrugstore also eliminates those bothersome trips to and from the pharmacy plus the time you’ll have to wait to get the prescription filled. Shipping from eDrugstore is free, and all shipments are packaged discreetly, offering no outward sign of what the package contains. As if all those savings weren’t enough, eDrugstore also ships a free pill splitter with all first orders.

Prices at eDrugstore

The price at eDrugstore for a 100-milligram tablet of Viagra is $93.73, bringing the cost per 50-milligram dose to $46.87. For sildenafil, you’ll pay $50.05 for a 100-milligram tablet, or $25.03 per 50-milligram dose. These prices include the 9 percent discount currently available on all orders placed with eDrugstore.

When you take into consideration all the benefits you’ll realize by ordering your ED drugs online from eDrugstore, the somewhat lower prices at conventional pharmacies such as CVS suddenly lose some of their luster.

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If Viagra or sildenafil is not your preferred ED drug, eDrugstore still has you covered. It offers all brand-name ED medications currently approved for sale in the United States, as well as the generic equivalents of both Cialis and Levitra. Based in Tempe, Arizona, eDrugstore has been in business since the late 1990s and dispenses only FDA-approved medications. To learn more, 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+