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Not All Doom And Gloom: Viagra Set To Tumble In Price

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If you're about to buy some of those little blue pills, hold off: the price of Viagra is about to soften dramatically [nice pun eh?]. That's because the UK patent for the erectile dysfunction drug, made by Pfizer, is up from today.

There are a host of copycat erectile dysfunction versions selling from 80p a pop - the price Viagra could now flop to.

What's up?

The loss of Pfizer's patent protection means rival operators can churn out generic versions of the blockbuster drug under its original chemical name, sildenafil.

A new price tumble - Viagra has in the past sold for £10 a pill - looks inevitable, though Pfizer has still got the US market, with patent protection extended there to 2020.

Pfizer will now launch a cut-price UK version - Sildenafil Pfizer - to cling to its market share this side of the Atlantic. The Viagra patent cut-off should save the NHS a load of prescription cash too (between 2011 and 2012 it's thought there were 1m plus UK prescriptions).

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Why should the NHS be providing prescriptions for Viagra?

Because some people have medical reasons for failing to get an erection?

What's cheaper allowing someone to have sex or treat depression?

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Shouldn't be available on NHS.

Sex is not a right.

I dunno about a right, but being able to have sex is pretty important to most people. Personally, I'd rather, say, lose a foot that lose the ability to have sex, but I wouldn't claim that gangrene shouldn't be treated on the NHS.

Edit: ccc would probably agree with me on this one.

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I dunno about a right, but being able to have sex is pretty important to most people. Personally, I'd rather, say, lose a foot that lose the ability to have sex, but I wouldn't claim that gangrene shouldn't be treated on the NHS.

Edit: ccc would probably agree with me on this one.

To be honest i would give up sex rather than a foot without a thought.

That said if someone is getting depressed from the inability to have sex ? Then yes a wee pill on the NHS is no big deal.

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60p 'Viagra' price war: As patent ends, companies queue up to sell copycat version of impotence drug

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2345878/Countdown-cheap-Viagra-From-midnight-tonight-drug-available-little-60p-tablet.html

A cut-price battle for the £1.5billion market in Viagra begins today after the impotence drug’s patent expired at midnight last night.

With prices predicted to tumble quickly to as little as a tenth of the current rate, men in need of a boost in the bedroom could be able to obtain the little blue pills for as little as 60p each.

Until now, those who do not qualify for an NHS prescription have faced paying up to £6 per tablet.

But while expiration of the patent will make the drug more affordable, it will not make it more easily available, because men will still need a prescription –private or NHS – to get it.

Around a dozen companies are expected to market generic, or non-branded, versions of the impotence drug from today. And at least ten more have also made tablets and have permission to sell them.

Pfizer, which developed Viagra at its plant in Sandwich in Kent, has held the patent since 1990 and sold the drug at a price that allowed it to recoup the money spent on development.

Worldwide, sales are worth almost £1.5billion a year. It will be launching a non-branded version today.

Among its competitors will be Teva, a manufacturer of generic medicines that is the biggest supplier of drugs to the NHS and whose products range from cold treatments to cancer drugs.

A spokesman for the West Yorkshire-based firm said: ‘We fight cat and dog with other companies to be the first on the market when a patent expires.’

Viagra is a blue, diamond-shaped pill and while the copycats will come in different shapes, sizes and colours they will all contain the same active ingredient – a substance called sildenafil.

Most will simply be marketed under that name after satisfying drug regulators that they work as well as the real thing.

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Does this mean the end of Viagra spam?

I've started getting spam saying "Casino for winners ONLY!!!!!!" Clearly they haven't thought much about the consequences of running a casino for winners only.

I reckon it might be a bit dodgy.

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It's only the drug that's available on the NHS. You still have to provide your own girlfriend.

Or hand.

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I've started getting spam saying "Casino for winners ONLY!!!!!!" Clearly they haven't thought much about the consequences of running a casino for winners only.

I reckon it might be a bit dodgy.

I suspect it would have turned out to be an advert for Help To Buy.

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