5 Myths About Buying Viagra Online, Online Prescription Medication



5 Myths About Buying Viagra Online.
Posted by: Don Amerman in Viagra May 17, 2014 Comments Off on 5 Myths About Buying Viagra Online 52663 Views.
Introduced nearly two decades ago, Pfizer’s Viagra was the first of the popular erectile dysfunction drugs to hit the market, making its U.S. debut in 1998. Through a series of legal maneuvers, played out in U.S. courts, the pharmaceuticals giant has managed to hold on to its American patent for the little blue pill. That patent won’t expire until April 2020.
However, in one of Pfizer’s legal battles over the enforceability of that patent, the drugmaker struck an agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA that would allow Teva to begin marketing a generic formulation of Viagra beginning on December 11, 2017, only months away. Because Pfizer’s U.S. patent on the drug will still be valid for more than two years, Teva — the U.S. subsidiary of Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries — will be required to pay Pfizer a royalty for its generic rights.
From a consumer point of view, the introduction of a generic version of a popular but relatively high-priced drug is always welcome news. The generic, in order to capture market share from the brand-name drug it substitutes, must necessarily set its price lower than that of the brand-name drug. This often sets off a price war as manufacturers of generic and brand-name drugs try to stay competitive with one another.
Customarily, the first drugmaker to introduce a generic version of a popular brand-name drug gets six months of market exclusivity. If that is the case for Teva’s generic entry, the competition will be limited until roughly mid-2018. However, as more and more generic versions of Viagra come to market, competitive price pressures will increase, and the primary benefactor of this downtrend in prices will be the consumer.
Whether your buy your oral ED medications from the neighborhood pharmacy or order it from a reliable online supplier, you can expect to see a downtrend in prices for both brand-name Viagra and its generic versions beginning late in 2017.
Viagra is only one of five oral ED drugs, known collectively as PDE5 inhibitors, currently available in the United States. While these drugs vary somewhat in chemical structure, they all work much the same. For that reason, the downtrend in U.S. prices for Viagra and sildenafil citrate, as its generics will be known, very likely will exert downward pressure on all oral ED drugs to some degree.
FAQs about Buying Prescription Drugs Online.
Q: When I search online for prices of the prescription drugs I am taking, the prices vary widely. Shouldn’t I simply pick the online vendor that’s offering the lowest price?
A: Not if you’re serious about staying healthy. Never order prescription drugs from an unknown vendor without first checking carefully to determine the legitimacy of its operation and the quality of the drugs it dispenses.
Q: Is there any way to determine if the drugs I receive are the real thing?
A: Unless you have access to high-tech analytical equipment, you probably won’t be able to differentiate between counterfeit and genuine medications.
Q: What are the dangers of counterfeit prescription drugs?
A: Counterfeiters have grown increasingly sophisticated in creating fake drugs that look virtually identical to the brand-name medications they purport to be. However, as similar as these counterfeit and genuine medications may be to the naked eye, they are often far different in terms of their ingredients. Counterfeiters have been known to use drywall material as filler and toxic dyes as coloring agents.
Q: Is it true that some counterfeit drugs contain the same active ingredient as the brand-name drug they copy?
A: Yes, counterfeiters sometimes use the same active ingredient as that found in the real drug. But the amount of the active ingredient is sometimes too little to be effective or so high that it could be dangerous. On top of that, you have no way to know what other ingredients have been mixed with the active ingredient to create the finished product.
Q: Which drugs are most widely counterfeited?
A: Viagra has long held the title as the most widely counterfeited drug, a testimony to the little blue pill’s popularity worldwide. Not far behind is Cialis, another popular PDE5 inhibitor. However, in the last couple of years, there has been an upsurge in counterfeit formulations of painkillers, many of which have been found to contain life-threatening levels of fentanyl or a fentanyl analogue. These dangerous counterfeits have led to a worrisome increase in the number of opioid-related overdoses and deaths both in the United States and elsewhere around the world.
Long before the advent of the internet and online pharmacies, many Americans relied on mail-order pharmacies to fill their needs for prescription drugs. Online pharmacies are a natural extension of the idea of the mail-order pharmacy just as the upsurge in online retailers represents an online counterpart to the mail-order catalog.
Before the internet, many people used mail-order pharmacies for convenience, good prices, or because they were required to by the terms of their health insurance’s prescription drug coverage.
Today, ordering prescription drugs online is commonplace. Orders can be made around the clock, and arrive a few days later, and many people find this way of purchasing prescription drugs to be significantly more convenient than taking a prescription to a bricks-and-mortar pharmacy and either waiting for it to be filled or returning later to pick it up.
When it comes to prescription medications for conditions people prefer to keep private, ordering medications online offers a way to safeguard one’s privacy, particularly as it relates to sensitive health issues. For example, many men find the experience of buying Viagra online to be far less harrowing than taking a prescription to their local pharmacy.
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Unfortunately, there are many shady rogue “pharmacies” online that sell counterfeit products and separate people from their hard-earned money. Many of these disreputable companies push Viagra and other hugely popular drugs that people would rather not purchase in person. Growing attention to rogue online drug peddlers has caused the rise of mistaken or inexact beliefs about the safety and advisability of ordering prescription drugs online. Here are five such myths, along with the truth about them.
Myth 1: Viagra Purchased Online Is Only from Foreign Countries.
You can actually purchase genuine, prescription Viagra online from right here in the United States. In fact, in an effort to combat the proliferation of rogue pharmacies selling counterfeit Viagra, Pfizer, the drug’s manufacturer, sells Viagra online in the United States. Look for a U.S. phone number and U.S street address on any online site before you purchase Viagra or any other prescription drug. Ordering prescription medications online from foreign countries (including Canada) is technically illegal.
Myth 2: The Viagra You Purchase Online is Fake.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with parallel agencies in other countries, work around the clock to shut down sources of counterfeit drugs online, but given shrinking budgets and burgeoning counterfeit operations, it’s an almost impossible task. These sources often sell counterfeit drugs, and Viagra is the most counterfeited drug ever. However, there is plenty of authentic Viagra available online. A reputable supplier will always include packaging information with lot numbers that customers can use to confirm that the drug is the real thing and not a fake. Trusted online sources will instruct customers on exactly how to confirm authenticity.
Myth 3: You Can Buy Generic Viagra Online.
If you live in Canada or Western Europe, this may be true, but in the United States, if you’re buying “generic” Viagra online, you’re either buying it illegally or buying a counterfeit product. Generics won’t be available for Viagra in the United States until December 2017, so the ads you see offering generic Viagra are for products shipped in from overseas (which are illegal to order in the United States), or for counterfeit drugs that don’t work or are harmful. Canada and Western Europe have available generics for Viagra, because Pfizer’s patents in those regions have run out.
Myth 4: You Can Get Herbal Viagra Online.
Yes, you can get supplements that are advertised as “herbal Viagra” online, but there’s no way to tell what’s actually in it. If you’re lucky, you’ll only waste money on something ineffective. If not, you could end up ingesting something dangerous. Many so-called “herbal supplements,” particularly those advertised as “natural” substitutes for drugs like Viagra are made and sold with basically no oversight. Many of these supplements are new, and there is no data supporting whether or not they are safe, let alone effective. And when they’re sold alongside legitimate supplements or over-the-counter medications, consumers may think these products have been safety tested, but that is rarely the case.
Myth 5: It’s Illegal to Buy Viagra Online.
It’s illegal to buy Viagra online without a prescription, and it’s illegal to buy Viagra online from Canada and other foreign countries. However, it is perfectly legal to buy Viagra online with a prescription when the medication is dispensed by licensed pharmacists. If an online “pharmacy” offers to sell you Viagra without a prescription, it is operating illegally and is likely selling you a counterfeit product. But there are U.S.-based companies that, with the help of licensed pharmacists, sell prescription Viagra just like online pharmacies where American consumers purchase other drugs like Lipitor or Nexium.
As you can see, there are many myths about purchasing Viagra online, and many of them have arisen because of the large number of dodgy websites claiming to sell Viagra without a prescription, as a generic, or as a “natural” product. Because of the enormous popularity of Viagra, there are countless crooks who will make just about any claim in order to separate consumers from their money. While some “only” harm people financially, there are too many such outfits that sell dangerous products.