Store leads to cheaper medication



Canada, home of the maple leaf and high-scoring hockey teams, is fast gaining a reputation for something else cheap drugs.

Americans have been buying lower-cost prescription medications from Canada for years now, via the Internet and sometimes even by making trips to the neighboring country.

Now, a company assists U.S. customers in obtaining low-cost prescriptions. The first Canada Med in California has opened at 422 S. Washington St., Sonora, and the owners, Wendall and Nan Snider, said their phones are ringing almost nonstop.

Senior citizens and people without insurance make up the bulk of customers, Wendall Snider said. They often see drastic drops in medicine costs, he said.

"I've just purchased one prescription from them so far," said new Canada Med customer Josephine Esparza of Jamestown. "I have been saving considerably I would estimate that it's just about half of what I would ordinarily pay."

Bev Breed, fiscal officer at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, said a study of some of her clients showed 65 percent of them take in less than $12,000 a year, making cheap prescriptions extremely appealing, if not critical.

"It has a huge impact, because they have to buy their drugs before they can buy their food or any other things," she said.

Breed herself has bought prescriptions from Canada by way of the Internet for years, and saves from 30 to 40 percent on medication.

"But I know of some seniors here at the center who had some really expensive drugs," she said. "I found them almost 50 percent off, so you know it's worth it to look."

Prescription medication prices in the U.S. are not being regulated, Wendall Snider said.

"The U.S. has the highest cost of drugs in the world," he said. "I think we are being taken advantage of. In all candor, I hope to be out of business in five years, and I hope to be put out of business by the American government doing what is right."

Americans save money in Canada for two reasons: One, the U.S. dollar is worth about 30 percent more, and two, the Canadian government dictates prices on prescription drugs and the price difference is huge, Snider said.

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Tuesday October 25, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Paying the price


Chris Lusardi, of Sonora, is one of thousands of Tuolumne County residents ... more

Columbia Elementary board ousts superintendent


Five days after receiving a 2 percent raise, Columbia Union School District ... more

New oak disease spreads from coast to foothills


A deadly fungus killing oak trees along the coasts of central and ... more

Mudslide knocks out a portion of TUD’s ditch system


The Columbia ditch will be closed until Saturday, following a mudslide that ... more

Battle for cannabis regulation in Calaveras wages on


Strong opinions and loud accusations have made the battle over cannabis cultivation ... more