I see those who think the Ameerican pharmaceutical companies are greedily sucking money from the American consumer are well represented in these comments.
I don't disagree that ED drugs are priced beyond the reach of most people who need to use them on a regular basis, but I can't forget that American companies have to absorb all the costs of R&D, all the costs of the required studies, all the costs of promoting the new drug, all the costs of setting aside money to deal with inevitable lawsuits (have you watched daytime TV where it seems every other commercial is for a personal injury law firm inviting viewers to use their services to extract money from various pharmaceutical companies?). Can anyone name a current ED drug that was developed by a Canadian or Indian pharmaeutical company?
Then, along comes a foreign drug company that reverse engineers the drug, with no respect for US patent laws, intellectual property considerations, or anything else that we as American supposedly hold dear. What a sweet deal for them.
I understand our dilemma very well. Our uros are telling us we need these drugs for rehab, but they're expensive and most of us can't afford them. The solution, it seems to me, is to press Congress to force the insurance companies to stop considering these ED meds as "recreational" in nature. When ordered by a specialist for rehab after cancer surgery, they should be covered as any other drug so that they become affordable.
I personally don't fault our American pharmaceutical companies. I fault our medical insurance companies for failure to properly categorize these meds and for failure to cover them appropriately for those of for whom they're medically necessary.