The Eli Lilly US patent on Cialis was canceled on September 28, 2018: how the market will change

It was expected that the Eli Lilly US patent on Cialis would expire in November 2017, but the manufacturer was able to successfully extend its rights to the popular drug. The patent expired on September 28, 2018. Generic Cialis will appear on the market.

For the year, Lilly was able to make her income from the drug very big: about 2 billion US dollars. This is about 8 percent of the company's total revenue. But since September, the Lilly’s profit will be less: the time for generics will come.

Cialis has been on the market for drugs for more than 10 years. Two marketing strategies helped him to “conquer the world”, which, however, have a solid pharmacological basis: announcing the use of small doses of the drug as part of daily therapy or pedaling its super-long 36-hour action, which allows using the drug as an ideal «weekend remedy».

Why is Cialis so popular?

The main pharmacological action of the drug is to accelerate chemical processes, as a result of which the following effects are noted:

  • Reducing spasm of the vascular wall.
  • Relaxation of smooth muscles.
  • Increased blood flow to the genitals.
  • The rapid onset of erection.
  • Sensitization in the area of erogenous zones.
  • Reducing the tone of the urogenital sphincters.

Reasons for the popularity of Cialis are the following:

  • a beneficial effect on the erection of the genitals, which leads to maximum satisfaction and positive emotions;
  • there is no negative impact on the reproductive function of the body - the ability to conceive is fully preserved;
  • the minimum number of side effects, because to obtain the desired effect is quite a small dose;
  • the ability to combine with the use of alcoholic beverages;
  • significant help in the treatment of prostate diseases.

Despite its high cost, the drug is popular among men. Its very name is a synonym for quality, real help and a long effect.

Generic or Ciаlis?

Typically, the composition of more expensive drugs has special additives that enhance the effect and increase the effect of the drug on the body. In addition, we shouldn’t not forget that advertising plays a big role in price.

Such drugs as Viagra, Sealex and Levitra are used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction very often. They are considered to be the most effective and inexpensive. They are the most popular in the treatment of potency. These drugs act almost instantly, the result is noticeable after 30-40 minutes and lasts up to 6 hours depending on the dosage of the tablet and the personality of the body.

Have Cialis prices changed recently?

Cialis prices have increased slightly this year. Cialis was already quite expensive, because it founds its place on the market. Before the abolition of the patent, competition in the market was small, so the company could gradually raise prices. Thus, over the past six months, the cost of the drug has increased from $ 370 to $ 400. This is the price for a package of thirty 5 mg tablets.

Cancellation of the patent will force the manufacturer to consider the presence of other players on the market. It is possible that the price of the drug will decrease. Competition always compels to make emergency and complex decisions.

How much will Cialis generics cost after September 2018?

There is a general rule: generics are 15% cheaper than the original at the time of appearance on the market.

However, unlike brand products, total drug prices usually decline very quickly. In just one year, most generic drugs can be made available to almost all customers, especially if they all are the common product.

According to some agencies, it is expected that the generic Cialis will initially cost between $ 300 and $ 350. Although it is still not available to most people, keep in mind.

We repeat again: prices for generics, as a rule, are rapidly declining. Many drugs are reduced to about 50% of the brand price after more than one manufacturer enters into market competition.

With or without a prescription

Although the safety of Cialis is confirmed by scientific research, its interaction with certain drugs may adversely affect the state of the body. This primarily refers to nitrates, which are used in the treatment of the cardiovascular system. That’s why you need to go to a doctor who will study your medical history write a prescription before buying the drug.

In the case of biosimilars - drugs with a similar composition, but produced under various names, by firms that are not related to the official representative – the situation can be changed. Generics are not always bad. If companies follow all the rules and technology of production, then you can get a quality product without a prescription. The problem is that it isn’t possible to control the production process and the final composition of the drug. It is likely that the analogues will be sold without a prescription.

The result

The abolition of patent protection is the path to the appearance of biosimilars, cheaper and no less effective counterparts. This means that drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction will be available for more men.

The emergence of biosimilars doesn’t mean a deterioration in the quality of medicine in the whole. This is an opportunity to get quality treatment at a lower price. The monopoly in the market of medical products is gradually becoming a thing of the past, and this pleases the average consumer.

We indicated the initial cost of the Generic Cialis after September 2018 - something about 300 dollars. It is quite possible to reduce its cost by 50% in one year. It is necessary to add to this pleasant fact that such drugs will be sold without a prescription - and this significantly expands the capabilities of customers.