Where’s the cheapest place to buy Viagra online in the UK?

Boxes of cheap Viagra in the UKDespite the fact that Viagra lost it’s patent in June 2013 allowing for lower cost generic Viagra called sildenafil (the name of the active ingredient in Viagra) to be licensed and legally available in the UK and many EU countries,  the price of Pfizer branded Viagra has remained high.

For those that can afford it, the Viagra brand provides a sense of confidence that they are using a supposed superior product, even though generic Viagra (sildenafil) is identical in medical terms (although different cosmetically).

Whether branded or generic there are many options to buy treatment for erectile dysfunction in the UK.


Your doctor

On the NHS

Previously in the UK, erectile dysfunction treatment with Viagra was only available on the NHS to men who suffered from certain medical conditions such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and prostate cancer. In some cases where the patient did not have a significant illness but ED was causing severe distress, PDE-5 inhibitors could be prescribed after review by a specialist.

When Pfizer’s patent on Viagra expired, the drug’s cost to the NHS was reduced by 93%, and this spurred the Department of Health to remove the previous prescribing restrictions. Today, GPs can prescribe Viagra (usually in the generic form, sildenafil) to any man with erectile dysfunction, regardless of the cause. However, it is usually in limited quantities of about one per week.

NHS prescription charges will apply (currently August 2016 £8.40) unless you are exempt (90% are exempt).

See Sildenafil on the NHS article for further information.

Private prescription

Doctors (your GP or a private doctor) can also prescribe Viagra privately at an average cost of between £8–£25 per prescription. Patients can request branded Viagra and quantity required, although prescribing is at the discretion of the doctor.

The pharmacy dispensing the private prescription will also charge for the medicine, and prices will vary – see prices from Tesco and Boots as an example (approx £55 for Viagra 50mg x 8).


A local pharmacist

Many UK high street pharmacies will offer an erectile dysfunction clinic on a private basis with no prescription required. Pharmacists will have undergone specialist training to use a ‘patient group direction’ to assess patients and issue medicines. Some Pharmacists will also have taken additional training to become Pharmacist independent prescribers and can also issue medicines without a doctor’s prescription.

As a private service, there will be a charge for the consultation and the medicine. VAT is also applicable to the consultation.

Some pharmacies will also offer an online doctor service, where patients can order online then collect and pay for medicine in-store.

Pharmacies are free to charge whatever price they wish for private services, and as such prices will vary wildly from area to area. The best advice would be to make your own enquiries locally.


Online doctor or online pharmacy

Whats the difference?

Online doctor’s will employ doctors registered with the General Medical Council issuing prescriptions to pharmacies; whereas online pharmacies will use Pharmacist independent prescribers. Both services use pharmacies registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Why buy online?

Often online services are a more attractive option than visiting GPs or local pharmacy for men:

  • with an existing diagnosis of erectile dysfunction
  • who do not qualify for free NHS treatment
  • requiring increased quantities than available on the NHS
  • who find it embarrassing discussing treatment face-to-face
  • with very little spare time
  • who require treatment quickly

Patients should take care to avoid purchasing counterfeit drugs for ED.

Prescription costs and the price of the medicine are usually quite low, although in some cases delivery charges will offset savings. But with multiple options for purchasing Viagra online, many wonder where is the cheapest place to buy Viagra online in the UK?

Different prices from different pharmacies

When pharmacies provide medicines on private prescriptions, they are free to set their own prices. Some may strategically choose to offer lower prices in order to attract repeat customers, while others charge more in order to increase profits in the short term.

Best prices on Viagra, from legitimate online pharmacies

The Dr Fox website is the cheapest place to buy Viagra online in the UK, offering Viagra and sildenafil at lower prices than other regulated online pharmacies. Note that legitimate online pharmacies must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council, whose regulations ensure that proper procedures are carried out and genuine medicines are dispensed. Websites selling medicines online must also be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. See the How we are regulated page.

The following price comparison table shows the current available prices of branded Viagra and the generic alternative, sildenafil, which is medically equivalent to the original, from well-known online doctors and pharmacies.

Compare prices

*Dr Fox adds a small prescription fee not included in table above.
Compare prices of Viagra/sildenafil tablets from UK online clinics (8 July 2013) – qualifying notes
MedicationDr Fox*Express PharmacyHealth ExpressPharmacy 2UMed Express
Sildenafil 25mg x 4£8.60£19.99£39.95£25.00£15.99
Sildenafil 25mg x 8£14.80£29.99£82.95£40.00£29.99
Sildenafil 25mg x 16£24.80£49.99£163.95£76.00£49.99
Sildenafil 25mg x 32£48.00n/a£301.95£136.00£89.99
Sildenafil 50mg x 4£9.20£19.99£41.95£25.00£19.99
Sildenafil 50mg x 8£16.20£29.99£86.95£40.00£29.99
Sildenafil 50mg x 16£26.80£49.99£171.95£76.00£49.99
Sildenafil 50mg x 32£52.00n/a£316.95£136.00£89.99
Sildenafil 100mg x 4£9.80£19.99£43.95£25.00£19.99
Sildenafil 100mg x 8£17.80£29.99£90.95£40.00£29.99
Sildenafil 100mg x 16£28.40£49.99£179.95£76.00£49.99
Sildenafil 100mg x 32£54.00n/a£331.95£136.00£89.99
Viagra 25mg x 4£24.20£44.99£79.95£32.50£29.99
Viagra 25mg x 8£44.30£69.99£129.95£50.00£59.99
Viagra 25mg x 16£82.00£129.99£229.95£95.00£119.99
Viagra 50mg x 4£29.40£44.99£84.95£37.50£34.99
Viagra 50mg x 8£59.50£76.99£144.95£60.00£69.99
Viagra 50mg x 16£112.60£149.99£239.95£114.00£139.99
Viagra 100mg x 4£33.80£46.99£89.95£40.00£34.99
Viagra 100mg x 8£64.45£79.99£149.95£65.00£69.99
Viagra 100mg x 16£124.50£159.99£259.95£123.50£139.99
UK Delivery£2.90£2.95included£3.45£2.90

Aside from lower pricing, using online pharmacy services to buy Viagra helps patients avoid waiting for an open appointment, and can also be comforting to those who are reluctant to explain their symptoms to a doctor in person. As a low-toxicity medicine, it can be prescribed following a simple online consultation, provided no contraindications are present.

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Trade price of Viagra in the UK

The trade (wholesale) price of branded medicines including Viagra is published in the Chemist+Druggist monthly price guide. Below is a copy of the Viagra prices:

Viagra trade price uk

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