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Generic Viagra Now Available in United States

Dec 19, 2017

Generic drugs are expected to work the same way and have the same benefits as their brand-name counterparts, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regularly reviews such medications.

One of the generics is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Greenstone, a subsidiary of Pfizer, produces the other. (Pfizer also makes brand-name Viagra, which first came on the market in 1998.)

Because of U.S. trademark laws, generic Viagra will not look like the blue diamond-shaped pill that men might be familiar with.

“Generic medicines and brand-name medicines share the same active ingredient, but other characteristics, such as colors and flavorings, that do not affect the performance, safety, or effectiveness of the generic medicine, may be different,” explains the FDA on its website.

The generic drugs are also expected to be less expensive than brand-name Viagra, making them more accessible to men. Brand-name ED drugs are not always covered by health insurance plans and, if they are, there might be steep copays.

For example, HealthDay reported that the wholesale cost for Pfizer’s 50-milligram or 100-milligram versions of Viagra is $61.54 per pill. Greenstone’s generic version will cost between $30 and $35 per pill, although those prices will vary depending on the pharmacies, insurance plans, and copays.

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