Viagra patent expiry

Viagra patent expiry around the world

Viagra patent expiryWhat happened in 1998? Google launched. The Apple Mac launched. Clinton’s infamous dealings with Monica Lewinsky came to light. And Viagra went on sale for the first time! Not that Clinton needed it 😉 .

What’s the big deal though? Not that many men have impotence, right? Well, more than you’d think. Ironically, the sexual effects of Viagra (or Sildenafil – its active ingredient) were discovered quite by accident. A team at Pfizer were developing a blood pressure medication and then the people trying it found it had a happy side-effect… and so the “little blue pill” was born.

Up until now, the only way to get Viagra was to buy brand name Viagra. And in the US this is till the situation for the next few years – because Pfizer still hold the US patent on Viagra’s magic ingredient – Sildenafil – until 2020.

In Europe however, Pfizer’s Viagra patent expiry came sooner. In Canada it was revoked by the Supreme Court after Pfizer failed to clearly disclose the effective ingredient in its patent application.

So what does Viagra patent expiry mean?

It means generic version of Viagra will now be legally available. So what’s the big deal? Well, mainly that they’ll be a lot cheaper.

If you’ve been using Viagra for a while, you’ll be well aware of the implications of this. But if not, you might not realise how much Pfizer has ripped off people in recent years. Sure, Pfizer has to recover their costs in researching and developing the drug. But according to figures from the United States, the cost of brand name Viagra more than doubled between 1999 and 2009. It wasn’t cheap in the first place!

ED pills price comparisonSo at some point you have to ask if that’s fair considering so many men depend on it. UK figures show that doctors wrote 2.3 million prescriptions for Viagra in 2009.

21st June 2013 was the magic date of the Viagra patent expiry in Europe and pharmaceutical companies were lining up to compete with each other as to who could produce the lowest-priced generic Viagra.

The result the Viagra patent expiration was that you could buy a generic Viagra pill for just 60p per pill – a tenth of the price the NHS were previously charging (in the UK, although you need a prescription for Viagra (Sildenafil), the NHS will only cover the cost if you have additional health conditions to erectile dysfunction).

Does the Viagra patent expiry mean cheap sex now?

So what will be the human price of all this? On the surface it looks all good – more men can have good sex for a cheaper price – and more of their partners can be satisfied into the bargain.

But is overconsumption or even overdose on generic Viagra a risk?

The NHS used to generally prescribe the equivalent of one Viagra pill a week – not enough for many! Fair enough, that’s a little stingy.

But now generic Viagra is not only available with prescription in high street pharmacies but also now online.

Yep – you don’t even need to go to your doctor any more. You can just answer some questions discreetly online and there you go – generic cheap Viagra delivered to your door within days.

Even women could start taking it, now it can be easily anonymously acquired. Samantha from Sex and the City certainly seemed to enjoy it. See this post on Viagra designed for women.

But in the absence of long-term studies into the effects of Viagra, generic or brand name – can we be sure it’s really safe?

The effects of cheap generic Viagra – sexy life?

Coming back to the short-term though, what will be the effect of Viagra going generic in the bedroom (or the shower, or round the back of the office, or in the woods after the hot summer picnic…)?

Will it really cheap generic Viagra available online really improve our sex lives?

Personally, I think Viagra coming off the patent along with other ED pills will improve our sex lives.

Not just physically, in allowing more men to have regular and satisfying sex, but also psychologically. Studies show men have more confidence after taking Viagra, and can become happier in their relationship. Other studies find women becoming happier with their man too.

Easily available generic Viagra and other affordable ED pills could save marriages!

I guess the main thing is to keep checking with your doctor to make sure you’re taking the right amount of generic Viagra and not overdosing.

But for those of you whose less-than-rampant sex lives aren’t due to erectile dysfunction, well, maybe an old-fashioned approach of chocolate and flowers and slow seduction may still be required. The Viagra patent expiry makes ‘the little blue pill’ affordable for all but it won’t do everything 😉 .

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