BANGKOK, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- A Viagra-like drug will be launched by Thailand's Government Pharmaceutical Organisation (GPO) in October in a bid to battle counterfeit products and the brand- name pill's steep price, local media reported on Thursday.
The GPO had been given permission by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to produce Sidagra, a generic drug with a similar composition to Viagra, to help men with erectile dysfunction.
Sales of Sidagra will begin on Oct. 15 in two sizes -- a 50 milligrams tablet at 0.8 U.S. dollars and a 100 milligrams pill at 1.44 U.S. dollars, the Bangkok Post reported.
In Thailand, Viagra's retail price stands at 6.4 U.S. dollars per tablet.
Sales of the inexpensive product would help stem the outbreak of fake medicine, give hopes to people with no access to expensive remedies and address the growing needs of the aging society, said Dr. Witit Artavatkul, managing director the GPO, quoted by the local expatnewsletter.net.