On June 21st 2013, Pfizer’s patent over Viagra expired. Pfizer is the company that invented and released Viagra to the public in 1998. The expiration of Pfizer's patent was big news for the healthcare industry, because it meant that other businesses could begin offering “generic” Viagra (known as sildenafil) at cheaper prices to help people treat their erectile dysfunction (ED).
What is sildenafil?
Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra. It is also known as “generic” Viagra because it contains the same active ingredient as Viagra, but is not associated with the Viagra brand.
What is the difference between sildenafil and Viagra?
The only “difference” is that Viagra is the branded version of sildenafil. Other than that, sildenafil and Viagra work in the same way. They also:
- Take the same amount of time to take effect
- Come in the same dosages (25mg, 50mg, and 100mg)
- Last for the same amount of time
- Have the same safety and side-effects
- Both require a prescription
Is sildenafil as good as Viagra?
Sildenafil lasts for the same duration of time (up to 4 hours) and takes the same amount of time to kick in (1 hour) as Viagra. It has the same safety and side-effects, and they are both prescribed by qualified healthcare professionals.
Why is sildenafil cheaper than Viagra?
Two reasons: branding and competition. As previously mentioned, Viagra was the original brand name for sildenafil. Now that Pfizer’s patent over Viagra has expired, other companies (like Numan) are able to sell sildenafil for cheaper prices because it is the generic version of Viagra.
Of course, more competition means more competitive prices. This helps to drive down the price, so that you can get the most effective ED treatments for the lowest cost. With this in mind, here’s how Numan’s prices compare to other major online pharmacies:
Numan: sildenafil price per pill: £2.90
Alpha XR: sildenafil price per pill: £3.38
Lloyds Online Pharmacy: sildenafil price per pill: £3.50
As you can see, Numan’s sildenafil is cheaper than some of the biggest online pharmacies’ in the UK. Numan’s sildenafil is also cheaper than Viagra. Whereas Viagra Connect costs £4.37 per pill, Numan’s sildenafil is only £2.90 per pill.
Why should I trust Numan’s low prices?
Numan is backed and approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA is the UK authority on medicines regulations. It makes sure medicines across the UK work and are acceptably safe.
At the bottom of each page on our website is a clickable widget which, when clicked, takes you to Numan’s entry in the MHRA register — proving its MHRA approval. Try it right now and see for yourself.
What’s more, Numan is also approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC ensures health services deliver safe, effective, and high-quality service to all their users. This is very important, which is why we provide free online consultations with registered clinicians before you purchase any treatment. Online consultations make sure that the treatment is safe for you to take and does not interact with any medication you are taking.
If you have any further questions about Numan and our treatments, you can call us for free on 0808 169 9594 or email us at [email protected].