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When will a generic version of Viagra/Levitra be available?

Published at 10.02.2019 11:51
Generics are drugs that are characterized by an identical composition with “original” stimulants of potency, but differing in more affordable cost. If you see two identical drugs on the pharmacy shelf, but one of them has more unattractive packaging and is cheaper, have no doubts and take it.

A beautiful box next to it is the “original” drug. They have the same composition, but their cost differs by several dozen dollars. There are many such examples.

Generics and branded drugs

Every branded drug that you have seen in advertisements has to have its own generic. You might think that this is a fake, but it’s completely wrong. Generics have nothing to do with this category of goods or with any violations of the law in any form.

Companies have a license to produce such products, and its chemical composition is equivalent to the drug that serves as a real brand. In this case, the company's reputation won’t be spoiled.

Original remedies

The pharmaceutical market offers products of two groups – original medicines and generics. The first are more expensive, and the second is several times cheaper. No more than 20% of the population is aware of the existence of the latter, and the difference between them.

In fact, the original remedy is a new product of a healthcare company, which has discovered, synthesized and obtained a patent for it (traditionally for 20 years). All this time, the production of such a drug has been exclusively engaged in this enterprise.

The cost of the drugs

The original remedy is usually idiosyncratic, so you won’t have a worthy alternative the whole period of patent protection. When the patent protection ends, analog drugs appear and the unique drug itself is characterized by the highest cost first of all.

The high cost of original drugs is caused by the fact that not all of the discovered substances are real drugs. From the very beginning, they are fully tested for efficacy and safety for humans, as well as a whole set of tests in various ways, in order to determine all effects of the new drug.

All this research takes a lot of money and a lot of time. All costs incurred are included in the cost of the finished drug that goes on sale. That is why the original drugs are so expensive.

Advantages of generic drugs

However, if you wait until the patents expire, you can count on purchasing a quality alternative at a more affordable price. Many stores sell generic drugs, which are copies of the original ones.

Their reduced cost in comparison with the originals is justified by the fact that the manufacturer don’t have to spend money on their development, they work with the finished medicinal product, so no significant funds are required to spend on research.

As a result, generics are much cheaper, but their production is carried out on the same equipment and in accordance with the same standards.

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