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When will Viagra go generic? Will Medicare Part D cover Viagra?

By on March 26th, 2012
Filed: Advice, Medicare, You

When will Viagra go generic, and will Medicare Part D cover it? 

Pfizer’s patent on the use of sildenafil to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) runs through April of 2020.

Updating a post we did last July on this same topic, Pfizer recently got an additional six months of U.S. patent protection for Viagra, because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asked Pfizer to test Revatio in children with pulmonary hypertension.

Revatio treats high blood pressure in the lung’s arteries and shares the active ingredient, sildenafil, with Viagra.

The six month extension means that the basic patent for sildenafil is now extended to September 2012. So, again, Pfizer’s patent on the use of sildenafil to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), now extends through April 2020.

Wasn’t Viagra going generic in March of 2012?

Last year it appeared as if Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) might win a legal battle with Pfizer, enabling them to sell generic Viagra in March of 2012. But, Pfizer’s a federal judge upheld Pfizer’s patent.  Teva has filed an appeal.

What’s the good news?
We recently partnered with Envision to create a free (yes, free) eBestRX Card, which gives you discounts of up to 65 percent on the cost of prescription drugs.

You can print the card right off of eHealthInsurance.com, and start using it to save money on prescription drug costs today.

Get Free Drug Discount Card

This page on eHealthInsurance.com includes a good Q&A that can answer all of your questions.

Does a card like this work for Viagra/Cialis/ Levitra prescriptions?
There’s a very simple way to find out. Our web site has a “Drug Pricing Tool” that enables you to put in your zip code, and the name, quantity and frequency of the drug you’re taking. Then you simply click a button and you can view the price of any drug you take if you use the eBestRx card. In many instances the eBestRx price may be lower than what you’re paying now.

 

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About Nate Purpura


Nate Purpura is a 15-year veteran of print and broadcast journalism, corporate communications, PR and internet marketing. He’s spent the last decade working in the health care and insurance industries. Over fifteen years he’s covered numerous areas of health care including pharmaceuticals, health and wellness programs, chronic disease management programs, cutting-edge diagnostic tools, Medicare and health insurance, and online marketplaces (exchanges).

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