Viagra and Sildenafil citrate

When a drug goes through the research and development process, the manufacturer is investing a considerable amount of capital in proving the drug to be both effective and safe. To give companies an incentive to go through this long and financially risky process (not every drug under development is effective enough to sell to the market), all drugs approved by the regulators like the FDA are given patent protection. This means that no other manufacturer is allowed to copy the medication for a set number of years. Alongside the patent, the manufacturer will also create a name for the drug. This is protected as a trademark and, thanks to the marketing effort, becomes the brand we all know.

This means that the developer has a monopoly in supplying the drug to the market and, because there is no competition, can charge a higher price to recover the development costs more quickly. But, once the period of patent protection ends, any other manufacturer is allowed to copy the drug and, if the regulators approve, sell the copy in competition with the original branded drug. To persuade the regulators to approve the copy, it must be a bioequivalent, i.e. it must be the same basic chemistry and have the same effect when taken by patients.

Because the generic manufacturers have no research and development costs to recover, they are able to charge significantly lower prices. This is excellent news for the consumer because the competition brings the price of the branded drug down. This is the free market working as it should. So, when you see a choice between a branded drug and its generic equivalent, you can be assured that the generic version is exactly the same as the branded drug except that it is cheaper.

Why is the price for Generic Viagra of the same weight and quantity different at the different recommended online pharmacies?

Although the generic equivalent is chemically identical to the branded equivalent, there are always differences in retail price between the different pharmacies. This reflects two quite different issues. Some generic manufacturers are relatively small in the scale of operation and therefore the unit cost of each tablet produced is high. Where the manufacturer is operating on a major scale, the unit costs fall and the cost savings are passed on to the end customer. In fact, some of the manufacturers produce both the branded and the generic tablets and gain significant economies of scale.

The second factor relates to the size of each online pharmacy and its operating costs. Some pharmacies are located in North America and Western Europe where the costs of land and staffing are relatively high. Others are based in areas where costs are lower. There is no difference in the quality of the drugs supplied by any of the pharmacies recommended through this site, but some will be cheaper even though producing the same “profit” in local terms. There will also be differences in the cost of delivery depending on the location of the pharmacy.