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Viagra Cost without Insurance: What You Should Know

Don’t count on your health insurance to cover your purchases of Viagra or any other erectile dysfunction drug for that matter. However, the emergence of generic competition has helped to lower the overall cost of these drugs.

As things now stand, Viagra cost without insurance is pretty much the same as Viagra cost with insurance for the vast majority of men. That is to say that a health insurer that covers the cost of erectile dysfunction drugs — brand-name or generic — is very, very rare indeed.

Most health insurers have adopted the position that ED is a lifestyle problem, and as such it isn’t a high priority — or a priority of any kind — for them. Those few insurers that do offer coverage have extremely high co-pays or impose strict and inflexible quantity limits.

Generics Lower Prices

Fortunately for men who suffer from ED, the arrival of generic alternatives to the more costly brand-name ED medications brings the cost of these drugs within the means of a larger market than ever before.

It wasn’t until December 2017 that a generic alternative to Viagra hit the U.S. market, and it was only in the second half of 2018 that the generic equivalents of Cialis and Levitra became available. The effects of this growing competition for the ED treatment dollar are only now beginning to be felt.

The Generic Viagra Experiment

Even though it was the first ED drug to face generic competition, Pfizer’s Viagra did so in a market environment carefully engineered to protect the drug manufacturer’s interests. Pfizer’s final U.S. patents on its iconic little blue pill don’t expire until April 2020, so Teva Pharmaceuticals, which had aggressively sought to market a generic, must pay a hefty royalty fee for that privilege until then. The only other generic Viagra currently on the market in this country is distributed by Greenstone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Pfizer.

All that will change after April 2020 when Viagra is likely to begin facing increased — and less financially constrained — generic competition. In advance of that date, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tentatively approved a number of abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) from other generic drugmakers.

Further Price Cuts Likely

And it is reasonable to expect that lower prices for Viagra and its generic equivalent are likely to lead to a corresponding softening in the prices of other brand-name and generic ED medications that compete with Viagra.

And maybe — just maybe — the overall lowering of ED drug prices will finally convince health insurers to acknowledge that sexual function is an integral aspect of overall health, something worthy of their coverage. But only time will tell.

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If you’re looking for a way to get the most mileage from your ED medication budget, consider ordering the drugs online from eDrugstore.com, a longtime online facilitator. You may be surprised to learn how the Arizona-based online supplier can save you both time and money.

Don’t yet have a prescription for Viagra or sildenafil? No worries. The online pharmacy will set up a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician who can authorize a prescription if appropriate. This will save you a big chunk of change right off the bat.

Shipping is free, so you won’t have to worry about traveling to and from the neighborhood drugstore. And no more waiting in line. If this sounds appealing to you and you’d like 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+