Can you buy Viagra over the counter in Switzerland – information about it!

Viagra SwitzerlandThe Swiss healthcare system is recognized as one of the best in the world according to the standards of OMS (Organisation Mondiale de Santé) while the country spends about 11% of its GDP on its development. The federal government is responsible for legislation and overall development coordination, and the cantons are in charge of its maintenance and immediate functionality. As a result, there is no division into large medical centers and provincial health resorts – the level of medical services is absolutely the same everywhere. State hospitals available in every canton, are fully complemented by an extensive system of private clinics of various specializations, the certification of which is very strict.

The entire population of the country is involved in the system of compulsory medical insurance. It covers the costs of all the main types of treatment, the list of which is clearly defined. The Swiss medicine is characterized by the most modern methods of diagnosis and treatment, high-tech equipment and the highest qualification of personnel. However, the healthcare system in Switzerland has one disadvantage – a high price for medicines.

It is better not to get ill in Switzerland

According to the IMS Health Institute, prices for medicines in Switzerland are much higher than in other European countries. The IMS Health Institute has held a comparative analysis of European drug prices at the commission of Swiss organizations – Santésuisse (the association of health insurance agencies) and Interpharma and Vips (the associations of pharmaceutical companies). It has turned out that the Swiss prices for medicines are on average almost two times higher than the prices for similar drugs in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK.

If 250 most popular generics are used as a basis for comparison, the prices for them will be much higher in Switzerland than in the six European countries involved in the study. Thus, in the Netherlands, generics are almost one-third cheaper than in Switzerland, similar drugs for French patients cost 18% less. According to the Commission for Monitoring Prices, the cost of generic medicines in Switzerland is two times higher than in Germany.

The reason is that in Switzerland the price for generics is fixed depending on the cost of the original drug. In Germany, there is another price system, which is based on the maximum amount reimbursed by the health insurance fund.

Expenses for the cheapest medicines are fully covered by insurance companies, which leads to a chain reaction and price reduction. The Commission for Monitoring Prices has long advocated Switzerland’s adopting the German system.

However, the Swiss are forced to pay much more not only for generics, but also for the original drugs. 200 names of medicines, which bring the greatest profit to their producers, are on average 6% more expensive in Switzerland than in other European countries. Nevertheless, the original drugs in Switzerland are cheaper than, for example, in Denmark or Germany. This is not a paradox, but the result of measures taken by the government to control prices.

Is it possible to buy Viagra without a prescription in Switzerland?

Unfortunately for many patients, OTC Viagra is not available in Switzerland, similar to most other countries of the world. It belongs to the prescription drug category.
Despite this, some Swiss pharmacies (or those positioning themselves as Swiss) sell generic versions of the drug, for example:

  • Kamagra Oral Jelly;
  • Suhagra;
  • Silagra;
  • other types of OTC Viagra. Of course, you can use the services of these pharmacies, but keep in mind that it will put your health at risk, because these drugs are not subjected to state control.