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Viagra copies cost less than 3 kroner

Since Viagra lost patent on June 24, 2013, generic versions of the drug have made the price drop by a staggering 97 %, according to a new analysis from a Danish pharmacy association. It could save Danish consumers millions per year.

Prices on generic versions of high-grossing potency drug, Viagra, have plummeted over the last couple of months. At present, a pack of 12 pills (50 mg) costs DKK 33.15 (5.9 dollars), giving a price of just DKK 2.76 (49 cents) per pill. The price goes up slightly on pills of 100 mg. These cost DKK 34.95 (6.2 dollars) for a twelve-pack for a price of DKK 2.91 (52 cents) per pill, according to numbers posted at medicinpriser.dk.

Generics company, Accord, markets the two cheapest products in this category, while Viagra copies from Orifarm and Mylan cost marginally more. Other generic versions are marketed in Denmark by Teva and Sandoz.

According to an analysis from Danmarks Apotekerforening (Danish Association of Pharmacies), the patent expiration on Viagra means that Danish consumers can look forward to saving a total of DKK 62m (USD 11m) annually.

At the time when Viagra lost patent, a single pill went for DKK 121 (21.5 dollars), but the very next day the price had already dropped to DKK 21 (3.7 dollars) per pill.

Viagra to get a run for its money

- translated by Martin Havtorn Petersen

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