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Viagra & Sildenafil Price Trends: CVS, Walgreens & Walmart, 3Q & 4Q 2019

The average price for Viagra at America’s three biggest prescription drug retailers dropped 1.6 percent from July to August and held steady through November. Sildenafil prices, however, dropped sharply at the beginning of the third quarter but have been stable since.

Prices for Viagra and its generic equivalent, sildenafil citrate, at the nation’s top three prescription drug retailers got off to a bumpy start at the beginning of the third quarter. However, from August through November, they’ve remained remarkably stable.

Actually, the bumpy start from July into August applied mostly to prices for sildenafil at CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. According to Secure Medical’s monthly review, the average price for a 100-milligram tablet of Viagra’s generic equivalent at those three chains plunged from $24.82 in July to $18.81 in August, a decline of 24.2 percent.

Viagra Prices Dip Slightly

By contrast, the average price for the same-size dose of Viagra at the three retailers dipped from $77.97 in July to $76.73 in August, a decrease of only 1.6 percent, far less dramatic than the drop in sildenafil prices.

Looking ahead, it’s worth noting that Pfizer’s final U.S. patents on Viagra will expire in only a few months — April 2020. The price trends for Viagra and sildenafil may reflect pricing strategies put in place in advance of the increased generic competition that’s likely to begin after the patent expires.

Pfizer Holding the Line

In the waning days of its Viagra patent’s validity, Pfizer seems to be determined to hold the line on Viagra prices, getting the most it can from those consumers who prefer the brand-name drug over generic alternatives. The arrival of increased generic competition, however, will put the greatest price pressure on the few sildenafil brands currently on the market.

CVS Prices

Looking at Viagra and sildenafil prices at CVS during the third quarter and first two-thirds of the fourth quarter, the chain’s Viagra price went from $76.67 in July to $77.48 in August, an increase of 1.1 percent. The price for sildenafil at CVS plummeted from $18.33 in July to $14.78 in August, a drop of 19.4 percent. Both the Viagra and sildenafil prices have held steady at their August levels through November, the latest month for which data is available.

Prices at Walgreens, Walmart

At Walgreens, the price for Viagra actually dropped four cents from $77.55 in July to $77.51 in August, a price that remained steady through November. The price for 100-milligram sildenafil, by contrast, dropped from $18.09 in July to $15.85 in August, a decline of 12.4 percent.

It was Walmart that witnessed the most dramatic price changes in prices for both Viagra and sildenafil between July and August. The big-box store’s price for 100-milligram Viagra went from $79.69 in July to $75.19 in August, a drop of 5.6 percent. Far sharper was the decline in Walmart’s price for sildenafil, which declined from $38.05 in July to $25.79 in August, a decrease of more than 32 percent.

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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+