How to Order Medicine from Canada

standard January 30, 2009 2 responses
1. Finally do the math and realize that one child’s asthma control meds cost $300/month, her rescue meds cost $100/month, her sister’s asthma control meds cost $150/month, and your husband’s cholesterol meds cost $90/month.
2. Have a meltdown.
3. Seriously, who can afford over $600 of essential medicine per month?
4. Curse the health care system and your insanely expensive health insurance that doesn’t cover any meds.
5. Suck it up and get ready to shell out a small fortune each month to keeps kids breathing and husband’s heart ticking.
6. Hear from a friend that meds in Canada are way cheaper than in the States and that you can 100% legally purchase them online.
7. Seriously, they even ask for a prescription and everything.
8. Pooh pooh the friend and vow that you’ll never do something that seems as shady as that. Ever.
9. Hand another $600 to the ridiculously friendly Target pharmacists.
10. Wonder why they know your name.
11. Get home and realize why. Swear up and down that you’re done, done, done spending this kind of money on medicine.
12. Stay up all night with a child struggling to breathe despite her expensive meds. Realize that you can’t stop buying asthma medication, ever. Without the meds those nights would happen every other day. They’re bad enough once every couple weeks.
13. Venture onto the Internet to do a bit of research.
14. Pick jaw up off the floor and holler for husband to come see.
15. No, it has nothing to do with the prices for a weekend at Disney. You’ve just discovered that in Canada you can buy the asthma meds for less than 2/3rds the price.
16. $50/month instead of $300 for Little L’s meds. And that’s just a start.
17. For that price I’d do it even if it weren’t legal.

All joking aside, we’ve saved an inordinate amount of money buying our regular prescriptions in Cananda. It does take a little planning because the U.S. forbids the Canadian pharmacies from shipping medicine overnight. Everything ends up going through more or less regular mail and takes almost two weeks to be processed and shipped. Sometimes there’s even a snafu which causes certain mothers to do insane, and do possibly illegal things, like buying drugs in deserted parking lots. But all in all it’s been a good experience.

Don’t believe me when I say it’s worth it? Visit, plug in the name of your drug of choice. If it exists in Canada, I guarantee* it’ll be cheaper.

Still have doubts? When I told our pediatrician about our little scam she asked for the website. Now she buys her children’s asthma medication there too. No joke.

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And that’s how came to be buying drugs in a shady parking lot

standard November 14, 2008 5 responses

Her Volvo pulled up alongside my Honda and she rolled down her window. The parking lot was almost deserted, just us, a lone school bus and a few parked cars here and there. The glaring “Going out of business” sign on the side of the Mervyn’s was the only splash of color in the grey morning light.
“So, uhm, how much do you want?” I asked as she handed me two shiny foil wrapped packets.
“Uhh, how about $25?”
“OK. Sounds good.” I pocketed the drugs and handed her the money. We said our goodbyes and I got back into my car. She drove off in one direction and I headed the other way. Three minutes. In a shady parking lot. Drugs and money exchanged hands. My very first drug deal*. They always say there’s no limit to what you’ll do for your children. They were right.

*In case you were worried, all that was purchased was an emergency supply** of asthma medication for Little L.
**The medication was needed because the Canadian pharmacy*** we get her meds from messed up my last order. Bastards.
***I order my meds from Canada because here in the US one month’s supply of meds for one child**** costs $300/month. In Canada the same drug costs $45/month.
**** I have two children with asthma. The $300/month doesn’t even cover the rescue medicine. That’s another $160/month/child. Luckily we don’t have to buy that every month.

The other trafficker was a now beloved Twitter friend who jumped to my rescue after my huge showdown with the Canadian pharmacy when it became apparent that neither tears nor my extremely angry mommy voice was going to get them to come through with overnight shipping. (Something about stupid customs or something. Sheesh.) I Twittered my rage and despair and jokingly asked if someone could float me some meds for a couple days. I never expected someone to actually help. I almost cried I was so moved. Just another Twitter success story.

Also, it is possible that I over dramatized the story for literary effect. Though the exchange did take place in an almost deserted parking lot. And there was a Mervyn’s. We went to see what they had left after my new best friend left with her sweetly sleeping child who never woke up as we did our shady deal. We bought some sweaters for C and some socks for Little L. In case you were wondering.