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Sildenafil: the generic and cheaper version of Viagra

12 February 2014

By Faheem Shafi - Superintendent Pharmacist

Viagra, also known as ‘the little blue pill’, is one of the most well-known and commonly prescribed drugs for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in men.

Since 1998, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been the only company to manufacture the drug. However, with the recent expiry of the patent in June 2013, other pharmaceutical companies in the UK can now manufacture the drug in its cheaper and generic form as ‘sildenafil citrate’.    

Are generic medicines safe or effective?

The short answer is yes. Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are just as effective as brand equivalents of the same medicine.

All medicines for use in the UK are subjected to stringent safety checks and must have approval from the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) to ensure that it is safe and effective for patient use. A handful of pharmaceutical companies, such as Teva Uk, now have the licence to manufacture and market generic sildenafil.

How can I buy treatments for ED safely online?

When purchasing generic sildenafil online, it is important to buy from a reputable UK registered online pharmacy such as Clinidirect Pharmacy which is also regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council – the professional regulatory body for the pharmacy profession.

A reputable online pharmacy will always direct the intended user to fill out an online doctor’s consultation questionnaire. This questionnaire is then sent to a team of doctors’ for approval to ensure that treatments for ED are safe to use based on any underlying medical conditions or history.

Should I choose generic sildenafil or branded Viagra?

There is little difference between generic sildenafil and branded Viagra other than packaging, colour and shape of tablets. For most people, price is an important deciding factor and the choice is sildenafil as the cheaper alternative. Others prefer a well-known and trusted brand name and go for Viagra. 

Whether generic or branded, the most important point to remember is to purchase from a reputable and UK registered online pharmacy to ensure the medicine is genuine and safe.

For further information about generic medicines, visit British Generics.

 

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