About the MAC

General Information

The Medication Assessment Centre (MAC) is a pharmacist-led, patient-centered service through the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. The MAC’s goal is to optimize your health through improved medication use and side effect management. The MAC is also a teaching facility which is focused on enhancing the learning of students, as well as practicing pharmacists, in the area of medication management.

A MAC pharmacist can do many things to improve your health and increase your understanding of both your medication and medical conditions. In your first appointment at the MAC, the pharmacist will collect a detailed history regarding current and past medication use as well as inquire about any concerns or questions that you may have about your health or medications. The following appointments with you are used to discuss the pharmacist’s suggestions as well as to collect further information. The pharmacist will always discuss any recommendations with you before contacting your primary provider.

Our Vision

To demonstrate national leadership in the education of health professionals while optimizing the health of our community.

Our Mission

To demonstrate national leadership in the education of health professionals while optimizing the health of our community.

Referrals

We accept referrals from all healthcare professionals, as well as self-referrals from anyone wanting to discuss concerns with their medications in detail with a clinical pharmacist.

Preparing for Your Visit

We are currently offering virtual and in-person visits.

Virtual visits may take place over the telephone or using Webex videocall software. You will be asked your preference for visit type when booking your first appointment, and are welcome to let us know at any time if you would like to change how you would like to connect with us.

Click the green button below for more information about our virtual services.

Frequently Asked Questions

By meeting with you for a free medications assessment, where the pharmacist will ensure that your medications are:
  • Effective in achieving the goals of your care
  • Safe to take with your other medications and conditions
It is also an opportunity for the pharmacist to:
  • Answer any questions or concerns you may have about your medications or overall health
  • Make suggestions to your doctor, when appropriate
You will benefit from an assessment if:
  • You are taking more than 5 medications (including non-prescription)
  • You can't keep track of all your medications
  • You have trouble remembering to take your medications
  • You think you may be experiencing side effects
  • You recently had changes to your medications
  • You have any questions or concerns about your medications
  • To have your medications reviewed to ensure they are safe and effective
  • To assess if your medications can be simplified
  • To identify and address any possible drug interactions
  • So you can discuss any concerns you may have about your medications
The pharmacist will meet with you to:
  • Ask you questions about your medications
  • Review your relevant medical history
  • Explain why you are taking each of your medications, and how they work
  • Answer any questions you may have about your medications
  • Make suggestions to your doctor to ensure you are on the best medications

Since we are a teaching facility, there may also be students observing the appointment to learn how medication assessments are done; however, the appointment will be led by a fully-licensed pharmacist.

  • All of your medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, and natural products)
  • A list of questions you have for the pharmacist
  • Any records you may keep of blood pressures or blood sugars
  • A list of any allergies (drug, food, environmental)
  • A family member or friend is welcome to join you to help you feel more comfortable
  • A free parking pass, which will be mailed out to you before your scheduled appointment
The MAC and MAC iOPS can provide you with a medication assessment even if you don’t live in Saskatoon via a virtual consult using secure web-based video conferencing technology or telephone. By calling our office, you can set up a virtual assessment just like you would to make a regular appointment.
You can either have a Healthcare Professional refer you or you can self-refer. Self-referrals can be made by calling our office at (306) 966-6469.
Yes! We operate fully off of sponsorship and donations, which allows us offer our services to patients free of charge. Free parking is also available for all of our patients when visiting the MAC.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the MAC, please contact us.