Cost of Viagra

1998 was a very significant year for males, sexology and the whole medicine. In this year, Pfizer corporation started selling a new anti-ED remedy called Viagra and based on Sildenafil main active agent. New medicament was very effective for ED curing but its price was so high. The situation hasn’t been changed up to the present time. Let’s try to understand what is included in the price of the medicament.viagra cost

How much does Viagra cost?

According to the information posted on pharmacychecker.com website, the cost for medicament containing 25 mg Sildenafil varies from 8 to 16 dollars. Price for 50 mg tablet strength starts from $8 and finishes at $16. 100 milligrams of Sildenafil cost more – up to 20 dollars. Nevertheless, these data suggest that it is cheaper to buy tablets containing 50 or 100 mg of active agent.

Factors influencing Viagra price

The cost of medicament is composed, primarily, of its prime cost – the real cost of developing, testing and production of a particular remedy. According to experts in drug-producing sphere, the prime cost equals around 30-35% of the final cost of the remedy, but nobody knows exactly.
In the total price of the medicament, cost of the active agent accounts for no more than 5%. 20% of the price is the trading margin, which is established by a medicament producer itself, 25% is the research and development cost. Half of the cost of one pack of medicament includes marketing expenses: promotion of the medicament on the drug market and advertising, because releasing the medicament on the market is a very risky process.
Thus, cost of Viagra includes the expenses on developing and advertising the medicament, as well as on clinic experiments and manufacturing process.

Cost of brand medicaments and generics

Production costs for newly invented medicaments is estimated at billions of dollars. Therefore, the price of original drugs will always be fairly higher than prices of reproduced medicines (i.e. generics). Only about fifteen new molecules are invented each year in the world. In 1995, the cost for releasing original medicaments on market (including pre-clinical, clinical experiments and postmarketing surveillance) averaged about $100 million. In 2000-2005, the cost of releasing products increased to nearly half a billion dollars. Now these expenses reach $10 billion. At the same time, developing of one medicament may take up to 10-12 years. The risk of complete failure always exists at every stage of development – from chemistry laboratories to trials with people. Even after all the studies there may be the a situation when the medicament has side effects that are not apparent to three thousand people, then the medicament will have to be withdrawn from the drug market, and its producer will lose all money invested in it.
Manufacturers of generics don’t bear abovementioned expenses. They use chemical formula developed by other drug-producing firm and produce medicaments with the same main agent as that contained in genuine remedy.