Frequently Asked Questions

How does the MAC 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?
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
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 should I expect from my appointment?
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.

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 free parking pass, which will be mailed out to you before your scheduled appointment
What if I don’t live in Saskatoon, can I still get a medication assessment at the 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 or you can self-refer. Self-referrals can be made by contacting the MAC office.
Is the MAC really free of charge?
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