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Old 10-18-2011, 06:26 PM
Mangosteen Mangosteen is offline
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Radio commercial: Don't paid $18 a pill for Viagra...

I know this is a commercial for some kind of generic Viagra, but my question is, Does the real Viagra that you get from a doctor's prescription really cost $18.00 a pill?
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Old 10-18-2011, 06:46 PM
Larry Mudd Larry Mudd is offline
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As I recall, around these parts a blister pack of four 100mg pills would set you back ~$40 at your ordinary London Drugs sort of pharmacy - at least, this was so c. 2006.

(They also come in lower dose versions, but considerate doctors will write a 'script for the 100mg pills and advise the patient to break them in half or quarters if 25mg or 50mg is all that it takes - since the 25mg or 50mg versions are priced way above 25% or 50% of the extra-strength ones.)
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Old 10-18-2011, 07:06 PM
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Sounds about right. I forget which dose I got.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:08 PM
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I'm a tech in a hospital pharmacy, and though I can't off the top of my head remember the cost per of Viagra I can tell you $18 a pill is nothing. (Especially for non-generic drugs.) We have several pills that are about $50 each or more. And that's just the cost to the HOSPITAL. By the time it's billed it's maybe 3 times that.

We have one IV drug called Argatroban (for blood clots) that is well over $2000 (I want to say closer to $3000 but couldn't find a cite online for it) for a SINGLE dose - hospital cost. The mind reels at how much that must cost the patient/insurance company. You better believe before we make that the pharmacist double and triple checks that we have the right solution and right size bag before we shoot it in.
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:14 AM
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Presumably prices will soon plummet - Pfizer's US patent on sildenafil citrate runs out in less than six months, opening the way for generic "Viagra".
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Old 10-19-2011, 05:30 AM
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In Thailand, generic brands are available, e.g. "Penagra." About 2 years ago, the priced dropped from about $2 per pill to about $1.
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Old 10-19-2011, 06:35 AM
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Presumably prices will soon plummet - Pfizer's US patent on sildenafil citrate runs out in less than six months, opening the way for generic "Viagra".
My pharmacist told me this when I had my last prescription filled. $95 for 5. He said generics will be in the $3 to $4 range.
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:26 AM
Hari Seldon Hari Seldon is offline
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Interesting. I pay about $60 for the 4 pack of 100 mg and cut them in two. But I can believe $18 at some pharmacies. I look forward to generic, that's for sure.
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