Yes, the patent on Cialis (tadalafil) in the EU expired around November last year, so Eli Lilly no longer have the monopoly on production. Teva are producing a generic version, and I know Sanofi are doing the same.
Other countries have been producing generics for years, of course. I remember the 20mg “Megalis” generic that I bought for a song over the counter In India and Sri Lanka. I think Lilly just let them get away with it, or maybe it’s the kind of altruism where HIV retro-viral drugs are sold in Africa for a dollar a day, whereas in the West they cost $$$
Surprisingly, although I could buy antibiotics over the counter at Boots the Chemists in Bangkok, Tadalafil required a doctor’s prescription.
My pharmacist says that when Viagra (sildenafil) went off-patent and generics appeared, the prices were not very much cheaper, but the prices declined subsequently as more competition appeared.
I used to pay £53 for a 28 x 5mg daily dose of Cialis for my slightly droopy dick as I had a deal with the chemist. It should have been around £80 a month. Now I have PCa I get it for “free” on the NHS. Every cloud has a silver lining! I note the last prescription was the Teva generic.
I suspect my slight ED is down to atherosclerosis, rather than my recently-diagnosed PCa, as I remember buying some over-the-counter Viagra from Wal-Mart in Acapulco about twenty years ago, which made me feel sick. Tadalafil is great.
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