Btw, one other thing about my choice of purchasing - morally I believe it is unethical to purchase foreign generic drugs when someone else ( a US firm usually) has busted their guts researching a drug. A bit like some kid copying your homework and taking credit for it. So on principle alone I would avoid generics which take money our of our country and pump it into India - in the long run if drug manufacturers can’t make a profit from making drugs, they won’t bother to develop new ones and then lets see where we are.
In a way, I agree with you, Dave, and would completely were it not for a certain corporate greed that creeps in. In the case of Viagra which has been on the market since March of ‘98, I believe - a long time now - there has been no price reduction. At US$ 10 - 11.50 per Pfizer pill, huge sales more than covered R&D and made the drug very profitable. Pfizer is also spending an inordinate amount of money on advertising (much of it unnecessary now, the word Viagra being as recognizable as the Energizer Bunny) to compete with Cialis and the third drug, Levitra. Gimme a break. I feel I’ve done my part over the years supporting this American company which shows no sign of giving me one on price.