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Generic Viagra for the treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Generic Viagra is the same as brand name Viagra. To understand what generic Viagra is, it's important to first understand how generic drugs work.

A generic drug is an identical or 'bioequivalent' copy of a brand name drug. It has the same dosage, safety, strength and quality. It works the same way, is taken the same way and should be used the same way. Generic drugs are made in factories that meet the same 'good manufacturing practices' as brand name drugs. The only differences allowed are in inactive ingredients, such as colourings, starches, sugars etc. This means the generic drug may differ in size, colour or shape from the brand name drug, but will still work the same way.

Although generic drugs are chemically identical to their branded equivalents, they are usually sold at much lower costs. This is because new drugs are developed under patent protection. This ensures that the pharmaceutical company regains the money spent on bringing the drug to market (research, clinical trials, advertising etc.) and keeps the drug development process profitable for the companies that do it.

In the UK, a standard drug patent is 20 years, although this can sometimes be extended by up to another five years. Once this patent expires, other pharmaceutical companies can start selling a generic version of the drug. Since these companies do not incur the research and development costs, they can sell the generic drug for much less. Multiple companies are often approved to sell a generic drug, which increases market competition and also lowers prices.

However, even though they do not have to develop the drug from scratch, pharmaceutical companies must still prove that their generic version performs the same as the brand name drug. Generic drugs must be approved by the medical regulatory bodies in the UK – the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and European Medicines Agency (EMA). Only after the generic drug has met the strict standards of these agencies can it be sold on the UK market.

Pfizer is the pharmaceutical company that developed Viagra. Several years after its initial 1993 patent, Pfizer received approval to market Viagra across the EU in 1998. Pfizer was the only company allowed to sell Viagra from this time until June 21, 2013, when the patent expired. After that date, generic Viagra became available on the UK market. This reduced the cost of the drug, improving its accessibility to men with erectile dysfunction in the UK.

Generic drugs are usually referred to by the name of their active ingredient. The active ingredient in Viagra is sildenafil, so sildenafil is the name for generic Viagra.

You can buy sildenafil on 121doc, after a brief online medical consultation with our doctor.

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