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Generic Viagra: is it legitimate? Why don't all pharmacies you verify offer it?



Question:
Is generic Viagra, manufactured in the UK, legitimate and if so, why don't all verified PharmacyChecker.com pharmacies offer this low-cost generic?

Answer:

Generic Viagra, sildenafil citrate, is legally manufactured and available for sale in other countries, even though a generic version is not available in U.S. pharmacies and won't be until late 2017. For example, it is lawfully available for sale in the United Kingdom (as noted in the Electronic Medicines Compendium here — a listing of medicines licensed for use in the UK).

 

You can buy generic Viagra online safely if you stick to websites credentialed by PharmacyChecker.com.

 

When paying out of pocket in the U.S., brand name Viagra is often $50 per 100mg pill! For an online generic version of Viagra, the price is as low as 39 cents per pill from India. If you prefer a brand name version, the lowest current price is $6.78 per pill from the United Kingdom.

 

What about quality? The pharmacies verified by PharmacyChecker.com are all licensed in the countries in which they dispense medication and the medication they sell is duly regulated in the countries of their manufacture.  Consequently, the quality of generic Viagra dispensed to you from one of these pharmacies form the U.K. will be the same quality as what a person living in the UK would be dispensed. With that said, keep in mind that, even in the U.S., generic medications are not the exactly same as their brand counterparts but have the same active pharmaceutical ingredients and have been deemed therapeutically equivalent, but they may contain different inactive ingredients.

 

Be aware that Viagra is known to be one of the most counterfeited medications sold online so don't be fooled by rogue online pharmacies that offer brand name Viagra. These sites typically won't require your prescription and are not verified by PharmacyChecker.com or other organizations. A peer-reviewed study showed that online pharmacies that are not credentialed by PharmacyChecker.com, or other credentialing groups, are more likely to sell counterfeit Viagra, including fakes with dangerous ingredients.

 

The bottom line: generic Viagra is legally manufactured and available in other countries and can be purchased from online pharmacies. If you decide to do so, it's best to stick with an online pharmacy that has been verified by PharmacyChecker.com, so you know that the medicine is genuine and dispensed from licensed pharmacies. Be aware that it's technically illegal to import prescription medicine for personal use but consumers have not been prosecuted for doing so. If you chose to switch to a generic it may be best to let your healthcare provider know, particularly if you experience any change in your condition.

 

For more information, also see the blog article by PharmacyChecker.com's Gabriel Levitt entitled "Buying Viagra Online — The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth So Help Me Pfizer."




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