Here is a copy of a post I made awhile back regarding the India Pharma info I found on the web and my experiences in the generic Viagra market:
I explored the generics from India in June as my health plan did not cover any ED drugs and Viagra was costing me $11-12 a 100mg pill which was then cut in half for my 50mg dose every other day... worked out to $100/month...
This was a post I made that has a lot of info about what I found searching around a little. Look at it and scroll down to my response around 6/3/2007
The generics are not approved by the FDA for sale in the U.S., but are extensively sold in Canada and other countries. I had recommendations from others to look at alldaychemist.com (Most call it ADC) as it was a reliable internet outlet for them. I also was sure I did not want any China boiler room pills or pills of what I thought might be lesser quality, even from the India pharma's. I looked at the financial information, sales, and if they had any approved drugs (other than the generics) that were approved for sale in the U.S. What I found was that there were some $0.54 cent pills that others have used with good success, but I leaned towards the large pharma's who also had a large amount of other drug sales in yhe U.S.and their pills were $2 a pill (100mg).
Ranbaxy made Caverta and they are a very large respected company from the info I found on the web, along with a few of the others. I ordered 64 for $128 plus shipping from ADC with my bankcard and sale confirmation and shipping was prompt. I did not need to send an actual presrcription. Two mailer envelops arrived from India in good shape. The pills were in bubble packs... very professional packaging like U.S. pill bubble packs... Manufacturer and expirations dates clearly labeled... Also the expiration dates were far in the future, so I firmly believe I did not get any outdated or overstock pills...
Caverta 100mg are sold outside the U.S. as an equivalent generic to Viagra 100mg. Caverta pills are reddish and triangular in shape, but list the chemical makeup the same as Viagra... I even talked to my doctor about them and my research and the cost difference... He did not blink an eye and made a general neutral response... I realize that he cannot actually say they are OK or formally approve them...
I have taken Caverta and my remaining Viagra staggered for awhile and can say the Caverta and Viagra work the same for me.
In fact, the Caverta only costing $1 a "dose" vs $6 a dose for Viagra takes a little pressure off of the whole situation. Another year or so, the U.S. Viagra patent will run out, and then the pills will probably be only $0.50 each!
All this discussion just represents my thought processes and actions and are not a recommendation for anybody to do anything different from what their doctor's tell them... Just passing along my experiences... Everybody should use their own due dilligence and care in their PCa journey...
As an update, I have been using Caverta now for a month or so and am very happy with their quality and effects.
Age 59 y/o - Last 3-4 years of annual general health checkups - PSA 5-6
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6 Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 Diagnosed as T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6 T2c Nx Mx, approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.
6/28/2007 9 weeks post-op incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a day from prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op Minimal leakage... one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA... 0.01 !!!
7/30/2007 ED improved to about 60% erection and "functional". Only using 50mg Viagra generic every 2-3 days.