When are we going to get generic?

Pfizer, just as Eli Lilly and many other pharmaceutic giants, have immensely bad timing with generic projects not only in the U.S. but all around the world. As soon as the generic variations appear, these corporations make enormous earnings hiccup.

So they are in a bid to guarantee their patents are well-protected. For example, Pfizer’s patent on Viagra extends until 2020.

Original medications

Original ED medications, such as Cialis and Viagra, have long been available in the U.S. However, these drugs are expensive, therefore the U.S. consumers are looking for generic erectile dysfunction medications.


In 2017 Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of original Cialis, signed the contract with generic manufacturers to resolve pending patent conflict in the U.S. Eli Lilly's Cialis made debut in 2003 and now reigns the U.S. market with on-demand pills and daily, low-dose ones.

Cialis, got its own generic competition last fall.

Companies Sanofi and Cialis’s Eli Lilly, are cooperating to get an approval to sell Cialis without prescription in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK. They want it to be valid after the aforementioned patent expires, of course.


Viagra will have its patent legitimate for a few more years. However Pfizer, the manufacturer, also decided to allow generics in December 2017 due to the challenge from Cialis.

Pfizer began selling its hit at half the $65-a-pill retail price soon when its patent-protected sole right ends in 2020. Generic producer Teva Pharmaceuticals can begin selling its pills then but is not unmasking the cost. (Teva began producing generic Viagra as early as in 2017, which is three years before the patent expiry date. However, it is not easy of access in the U.S. now.)

Important: Generic Viagra, known as Sildenafil, will become even more budget-friendly starting from 2020 when more alternatives go on sale.

Many more generics will go on sale next summer, which will masterfully decrease the price of generics, possibly by 90%.

This competition is good for the end consumer, as the prices will decrease. Although some people argue that generic Viagra will be still ridiculously expensive.


Note that generic Cialis and Viagra contain the same active ingredient. That means that they have the same formula as the original brand drugs. They have exactly the same dosage, intended use, effects, and side effects, etc. as the original drug.

Actually, generic drugs are cheaper because the manufacturers did not invest in the development and marketing of a new drug.

US consumers are eagerly awaiting the release of new drugs to the country's market in 2020. However, for now, they are forced to order generics abroad and pay for shipping.

Published at 02/18/2019

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