to the Medication Assessment Centre
The Medication Assessment Centre (MAC) is a pharmacist-led clinic housed at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. Pharmacists specialize in ensuring that medications are necessary, effective, safe, and convenient for those who use them. The MAC offers three clinical services to help patients manage chronic health conditions, chronic pain, and sleep problems.
NEW: As of March 2021, we have welcomed 2 new social workers and a physical therapist to our team. Any patient referred to the MAC iOPS program will have the opportunity to receive care from our new team members!
The Medication Assessment Centre is continuing to accept referrals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. With the temporary restrictions in public access to the University of Saskatchewan, in-person appointments are limited. However, any in-person appointments that do take place will either be booked on campus or at Saskatoon Family Pharmacy - we will let you know. Currently, our staff and clinicians are providing virtual care via secure videoconferencing and/or telephone calls five days per week.
What service are you interested in?
General Medication Assessments
Pharmacists meet with a patient individually to gather detailed information about their medical history and medication use to ensure each medication is benefiting the patient and is safe to continue using. Any recommendations for prescription drug changes are communicated back to the patient's primary care provider.
Chronic Pain and Opioid Management
The MAC Interprofessional Opioid Pain Service (iOPS) offers patients individual consults with a pharmacist to address their chronic pain and/or opioid-related concerns. Recommendations are communicated back to the referring provider. Clinicians may also request a virtual case conference with our team (pharmacist, social worker, physical therapist) and our team's chronic pain physician to discuss a specific patient case.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)
Specially trained pharmacists facilitate CBT-I for individuals who struggle with sleep. Pharmacists focus on the behavioural components of sleep training, such as stimulus control and sleep restriction, but also work with individuals to address their negative sleep thoughts. Coming off sleep aids is often a goal for many patients.
For Health Providers:
Our colleagues at RxFiles made this very helpful tool to discuss the use of buprenorphine-naloxone for chronic pain. Click on the green button to access this resource.
NEW! MAC iOPS now provides provider support opportunities! These consist of either one on one meetings with our chronic pain physician to support clinical decisions OR case discussions with our clinical team (patient not present).
Thank you to our funders
Federal & Provincial Government Funding
The Medication Assessment Centre is partially funded by a grant from the Drug Plan and Extended Benefits Branch of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.
The MAC Interprofessional Opioid Pain Service is funded by Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). MAC iOPS strives to help people living with chronic pain find ways to manage the pain and help make their medications safer.
The MAC and MAC iOPS receive significant in-kind support from the University of Saskatchewan.
Saskatoon Family Pharmacy has very generously supported the MAC in donating clinic space for seeing clients and their families in person during the COVID-19 pandemic.