People are always complaining that they can’t afford to pay $13 for a Viagra pill. Who can blame them? It’s not as if you can put a bottle of pills on layaway (or would want to, for that matter). So a lot of folks are left “frustrated” in more ways than one.

As a matter of fact, it was the cost of Viagra that drew me into online conversation in the first place. I was doing some research on Caverject, an injectable ED drug, when I stumbled onto a men’s discussion group. Somebody was complaining bitterly about the cost of Viagra. He said it made him especially depressed when he took a pill and “the money went to waste.” Am not sure exactly what the guy meant, but I felt sorry for him. So I posted a message informing him and all the others that you can get the generic stuff from India for $2.50 a pill.

I find the whole idea of paying for sex repugnant. But Ted pointed out that men have been doing this since the beginning of time. Specifically, he noted: “A guy gets married, and he ends up paying through the nose”. (Smart-Alec slept on the couch that night.)

I have to mention that it is illegal to import generic ED drugs from abroad. I do not encourage lawbreaking, and I understand the need to protect intellectual property. But I also realize that there are countervailing societal and personal issues involved here, which optimally, the law should take account of.

For one thing, it’s not in the interest of society for people to be running amok because they’re sexually frustrated. And I think it’s inhumane to deprive people of sex because of the price tag. Especially prostate cancer patients.

So, if you are unlucky enough to be the first Viagra customer to be prosecuted for violating the applicable patent laws, I suggest you plead NECESSITY as an affirmative defense. A lot of people say they can’t live without sex.

You won’t believe this, but I just read a post from a guy in another group who said he ordered some ED drugs from India, and next thing he knew the “Homeland Security Department” was knocking at his door. Is wanting to have sex a terrorist act? If so, they better start expanding Gitmo. And God help us all if this is what our nation’s “protectors” spend their time doing.

Anyway, to the point: There is a company in India which sells cheap ED meds, which I believe to be reputable. It is called:

OVERSEASRXDRUGS.COM

There is also a toll-free number you can use for ordering. It is available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST:

1-888-896-7851

Ted used them a couple of times *last year* and was very satified with the results :-)). In fact, T. called Customer Service for some info, and he spoke with a real-life rep “next door” in Jersey!

Once, husb ordered some generic Cialis which did not arrive on time (held up by US customs, apparently). So he notified the company, and they promptly sent him another shipment. Then the original package arrived, and lucky Ted ended up with a 2-for-1 deal.

The company I mentioned is located in India, and they ship medications directly from there. Canadian pharmacies import generic ED meds for their American customers from the same place. So why make a “stopover” when you can ship the goods directly?

I also noted that when Ted ordered from alldaychemist.com they never asked him for a prescription. Irresponsible, if you ask me. The Indian company required it.

Many people have asked whether it is safe to take medications imported from India? Obviously, I can’t guarantee anything.

But I do remember reading a book written by a practicing US doctor on how to buy drugs cheaply (internationally). The author said he wrote the book because his patients couldn’t afford to pay for the drugs he was prescribing. The doc’s opinion was that he would sooner buy meds from India than from Canada. It’s not that Canadian pharmacies are unreliable, necessarily. His point was that new businesses of this type are springing up so fast that it’s hard to imagine how the government could adequately supervise them.

I will add that after my husb had his RP and was prescribed Viagra, we asked his doctor at “World-Famous Hospital” whether it was safe to take ED drugs imported from India. He said, “Yes”. Although I’m sure he would prefer this to be off-the-record.

I know that we have Indian friends in these groups — I have corresponded with several. So let me just say that some of us Americans get carried away in thinking that *everything we have is better and everything we do is better*. (And a few say so obnoxiously. Mind your manners, please.)

Well, it ain’t necessarily so. India, for example, is no technological backwater. Far from it. And it has some of the best brainpower in the world. (Otherwise, why would we be outsourcing some of our best high-tech jobs to India?)

Anyway, here are some examples of prices at overseasrxdrugs.com (please double-check):

Tadalafil (Cialis): 20 mg = $24.00 for 30 pills

Viagra (sildenafil) 25 mg = $2.00/pill
50 mg = $2.50/pill
100 mg = $35.00/20 pills

*Note: I am not personally endorsing overseasrxdrugs.com, nor am I responsible for any consequences of your doing business with this company. Please review the legal information at overseasrxdrugs.com carefully before you buy anything.*

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*However*: I like to spoil my readers, so I have laid out before you some information from the above company’s website, which might help with questions you may have (some material deleted).

Q: Why are drugs cheaper in India?

A: None of the brands get protection under unique Patent Law in India. Hence equivalent brands are immediately available as soon as a new drug is launched and that keeps prices at its lowest.
Additionally, the Indian Rupees conversion rate is very attractive to the U.S. dollar.

Q: Are these the same quality drugs that I can buy at home?

A: India has exceptionally high standards and a rigorous approval system and manufacturing requirements for pharmaceuticals that is controlled by FDA in India. India exports 65% of bulk drugs, and many of the largest US pharmaceutical companies purchase much of their raw material from India – high quality and low costs. Further world’s largest pharmaceutical companies like GSK, Novartis, Aventis, Wyeth-Lederle have already set-up local manufacturing plants in India and these brand name medicines are available to you through OverseasRxDrugs.Com.

Q: Who makes the Indian generic drugs and are they safe?

A: The generic drugs produced in India are subject to the same stringent approval and regulatory process as brand name drugs, and are used by millions on a daily basis. The manufacturers are very large and well respected. They include Cipla, Ranbaxy & Dr.Reddy laboratories. They have plants & products which are already approved by USFDA and other International agencies.

Q: What does AARP says about Generic V/S Brand Name Drugs?

A: [Click here]

Q: Can I order by phone?

A: [See toll-free number cited above]

Q: Do I need a prescription?

A: Yes. If your doctor doesn’t fax us the prescription, please take a copy and fax it yourself to fax No. 1 877 645 4529. You can also e-mail the scanned copy of prescription to info@overseasrxdrugs.com.

Q: How long for delivery?

A: For airmail shipments the delivery may require 12 to 21 days.
Since all shipments are required to go through detailed US FDA examinations, the delivery may get delayed up to 21 business days. [If a shipment does not arrive by this time, you may cancel the order or request a replacement.]

Q: How are the prescriptions packaged?

A: All medicines are factory sealed in blister strips. Double-checked for an accurate quantity, then sealed inside of a rigid plastic container. An international express courier then picks your prescriptions up and delivers them promptly and securely.

Q: How can I pay?

A: We currently accept only Visa credit/debit cards.

Q: Do I get charged a shipping fee for every prescription?

A: We charge flat registered Airmail fees of 9 USD per order (Delivery within 10 to 21 days) irrespective of number of products ordered.

*Good luck. And if any of you know of other reputable Indian (or other offshore pharmacies), let me know.

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My neglected husband just got back from a Yankee game, and I should really give him some attention. Like saying “Hello.” But I will squeeze in some real-life humor before I give my own “main sqeeze” a bit of a real-life squeeze.

LEAH & TED’S ORGY

After Ted’s RP, the surgeon gave him a script for Viagra. He was too embarrassed to fill it, so I took it to the pharmacy. There were a lot of people in line and I wasn’t in the mood to wait, so I pulled out my “Cancer Card.”

What that means is that I announced loudly, “My husband has cancer, and he’s all alone at home waiting for me. . .” I saw the queue just melt away before my eyes. (Wicked, aren’t I?) I should mention that one man said he was picking up some Fentanyl for his wife, and so I practically kicked *him* to get in line in front of ME.

I am friendly with the pharmacist — we even once had a crush on each other. Mark is a nice guy, but his fatal flaw is that he is very short-tempered.

When I handed him the prescription for Viagra, Mark said, “You know this is very expensive, and the insurance company is not going to pay for it.”

I wasn’t giving up that easily. So I countered: “For your information, this is for *therapeutic*, not *recreational*, purposes. The doc even wrote on the script: “For radical prostatectomy”.

Mark was getting frustrated. He said loudly, “It doesn’t matter. Your husband’s insurance plan will not cover Viagra for *any* purpose. I guarantee it!”

I had no choice but to persist: “Why don’t you just run it through the computer and see what happens? It’ll just take a minute. And don’t you think it’s cruel — even barbaric — to deny cancer patients sex?”

Then Mark exploded. He practically screamed at me:

“By the way, I just want you to know that I have *never* in my life seen a prescription for such a LARGE DOSE of Viagra. I can’t imagine what any insurance company would make of this!!”

I calmly replied: “Mark, the truth is we are having an orgy tonight.” Then I turned around and announced to everybody: “And all of you are invited”.

So you see who had the last word.

Leah