James C. said...
More correctly, there are no generics sold in the USA. Viagra is sildenafil citrate, Cialis is tadalafil, Levetra is vardenafil. These are the generic chemical name of the brand names. All three are sold all over the world, as unbranded, generic brands, seperate from the USA brand names of Viagra, Cialis and Levetra. The largest manufacturor of the unbranded ones is in India, where they are manufactured to international drug safety standards. We tend to forget that the rest of the world manages to live in safety and health daily by using non-USA brands of drugs. So yes, there are generics for the big 3, and yes, they are not sold in the US, due to drug patents. But they available for purchase and shipment to the US, if one wishes to risk confiscation and wandering into grey areas of international and US law. It's an individual choice each must make.
I have to admit, as a businessman the idea of buying illegal generic formulations of erection drugs causes me a frisson of ethical discomfort. I think US companies deserve the patent protections afforded them by US law.
On the other hand, as a family man, with limited income, I can probably overcome those frissons.
Dx at age 56: Oct 09; PSA 5.8, followed up by 9.9 two weeks later (reproducibility of test - ?)
Biopsy ind cancer in 8/12 cores: Gleason 8 (4+4)
open radical retropubic prostatectomy Dec 4 09
Post-op pathology: 56 g weight, cancer in 21%, Gleason 7 (4+3, tert 5); margins clear, no lymph node involvement (0/9), perineural invasion present, T2c N0Mx (but showed clear from distant metastasis in pre-op bone scan and CT scan)
Continence data: 1 "panty liner"/day, with minor leakage when I get up from long seated position
ED pretty complete: some erection possible but current non-functional