I have also been looking into the generic market substitutes and I thought I would pass along the info I have come up with so far. Note that this info may be incomplete and is only from info I have found on the web and accuracy has not been verified. Also, I am not making any recommendations for anybody! I am just passing this along as I found it an interesting subject….
I have just looked at four Pharmas for which AllDayChemist sold their pills… ADC has a fairly good website with details and manufactures that was easy to follow. This is not a recommendation for AllDayChemist either. There are also a few other companies and equivalent websites, but I feel it would be redundant and I was getting tired. J
The generic “Viagra” pills at the 100mg strength sell for $0.54 -> $2.00 each from ADC. As we know, Real Pfitzer 100mg Viagra rins around $11.00 per tablet. 100mg tablets can be cut in half for a 50mg dose which would cost the per dose in half.
As you can see, Cipla and Ranbaxy are two very large phamas internationally, and both also have FDA approvals for the manufactiring of some drugs to the US already. Adjanta is a smaller company of 700 employees and then followed by Cooper for which I could not find any financials, but they say they employ about 300.
NO generic “Viagra” (Sildenafil Citrate) drugs are US FDA approved for sale in the US. They may or are approved for sales in other countries. Similar situations exist for generic “Cialis” (Tadalafil) which are also manufactured by the same companies..
Cipla Pharma (India) http://www.cipla.com/index.htm
Annual Sales 3667 rupees/crores = 36,670,000,000 rupees = approx $900 million USD
Exports for the financial year ended March 31, 2006 amounted to more than Rs. 15,000 million. Cipla exports raw materials, intermediates, prescription drugs, OTC products and veterinary products. Cipla also offers technology for products and processes. Technical know-how/fees received during the year 2005-06 amounted to Rs.4156 million. Cipla's manufacturing facilities have been approved by the following regulatory authorities:
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), USA
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), UK
Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Australia
Medicines Control Council (MCC), South Africa
National Institute of Pharmacy (NIP), Hungary
Pharamaceutical Inspection Convention (PIC), Germany
World Health Organisation (WHO)
Department of Health, Canada
State Institute for the Control of Drugs, Slovak Republic
Makers of Silagra 100 (and other sizes)
Each film-coated tablet contains Sildenafil Citrate equivalent to Sildenafil 100 mg
Silagra 100 mg (Cipla) 64 tablets $128.00 ($2.00 per tablet)
ADC Note : Brand 'Suhagra' also made by Cipla may be substituted
(My note: Suhagra is made by a Cipla licensed subsidery… Okasa Cipla)
Ranbaxy Pharma (India) http://www.ranbaxy.com/
Annual Sales (year ending Aug 2006)
60,652 million rupees = approx 1.5 Billion USD
86 Million USD of legitimate US sales for the last quarter (3 months)
Corporate Profile http://www.ranbaxy.com/aboutus/aboutus.aspx
Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited, headquartered in India, is an integrated, research based, international pharmaceutical company, producing a wide range of quality, affordable generic medicines, trusted by healthcare professionals and patients across geographies. The Company is ranked amongst the top ten global generic companies and has a presence in 23 of the top 25 pharma markets of the world. The Company with a global footprint in 49 countries, worldclass manufacturing facilities in 11 and a diverse product portfolio, is rapidly moving towards global leadership, riding on its success in the world’s emerging and developed markets.
And they also now have a presence in the USA: http://www.ranbaxyusa.com/
Makers of Caverta (Sildenafil Citrate)
Caverta 100 mg (Ranbaxy) 64 tablets $128.00 ($2.00 per tablet)
Cooper Pharma (India) http://www.cooperpharma.com/
Could not find sales financials for Cooper Pharma.
A portion of their profile from their web pages is as follows:
“COOPER TODAY The growth rate of COOPER to day is 30%. We employ 200 direct workman and about 100 staff, pharmacists and executives. Our manufacturing facilities are strategically located in Delhi and Sikandrabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh. 60% or our business comes from exports. All major inspecting authorities such a Drug Control Department, India and Director General of Health Services, India approve our manufacturing facilities. For quality control and development of products, we have in house, well-equipped laboratory duly approved by the aforesaid inspecting authorities.”
Makers of Manly (Sildenafil Citrate)
Sildenafil Citrate 100 mg* 60 plus 60 tablets bonus $64.20 ($0.54 per tablet)
* Shipping as dark pink
Adjanta Pharma (India) http://www.ajantapharma.com/
Annual Sales thru 2007
24717 Rs. Lacs = 2,471,700,000 rupees = approx $60 million USD
From some of their web pages…
"Ajanta was incorporated in 1973 and has since moved up the value chain from being a small manufacturer to a vibrant marketing and research-oriented company. Ajanta is now one of the leading pharmaceutical companies from India"
"Our marketing field force consists of more than 700 people reaching out to 75,000 doctors and 125,000 pharmacies. To service the three teams, we have a developed excellent logistics and IT infrastructure. All the warehouses, stockists and distribution agents are connected online through ERP system. This ensures efficient stock monitoring, allowing us to be responsive to customer needs”
Makers of Kamagra (Sildenafil Citrate)
Kamagra 100 mg (Adjanta) 64 tablets $128.00 ($2.00 per tablet)
Kamagra Soft Tablets (Ajanta) 64 tablets $96.00 ($1.50 per tablet)
Summing it up...
That’s a lot of info to digest, but the more information anybody has, the the better decisions they can make... Use you own due care and diligence with any of this information... And if you find out more info, pass it along!
Take care Folks
and God Bless!