Patients

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.  

How can we help?

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

How do I know if I should have an assessment done?

You will benefit from an assessment if:

  • You are taking more than 5 medications (including non-prescription), OR
  • You can't keep track of all your medications, OR
  • Your have trouble remembering to take your medications, OR
  • You think you may be experiencing side effects, OR
  • You recently had changes to your medications, OR
  • You have any questions or concerns about your medications

Some frequently asked questions:

Why am I seeing a pharmacist?
  • 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
What will the pharmacist do?

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
What should I bring to my appointment?
  • 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 parking pass will be mailed out to you to provide you with free parking at the MAC
What if I don’t live in Saskatoon, can I still get a medication assessment at MAC?
The MAC can provide you with a medication assessment even if you don’t live in Saskatoon via phone assessment. By calling the MAC, you can set up a phone assessment just like you would to make a regular appointment.
How do I get an appointment/referral?

You can either have a Healthcare Professional refer you (by phone, by faxed form found on website or by electronic referral from within the MedAccess EMR) or you can self-refer. Self-referrals can be made by contacting the MAC office.