What is PACT?
PACT is the Partnership to Assist in the Cessation of Tobacco. The program was initially a partnership between the Pharmacy Association of Saskatchewan and Health Saskatchewan. The PACT Program was created to build the capacity for health care professionals to provide smoking cessation services and as a part of Saskatchewan’s strategy for tobacco use reduction in the province. PAS now delivers this online training program through Continuing Profess Development of Pharmacy Professionals (CPDPP). Please note, the www.makeapact.ca website is no longer operating. Any resources or information on the PACT program is found on the PAS website.
Why Should you Take this Training?
Pharmacists who wish to bill DPEBB for any PACT services Bronze Plus and up must be PACT certified.
What's New with PACT?
Since the fall of 2018, PAS has been working on updating the PACT program and slowly implementing the changes. The changes includes moving the online modules to the CPDPP platform, working with our health care partners on updating the modules and integration into the PAS website.
The integration of the PACT program into the PAS website means that PAS members can now check off the PACT box in on their PAS online profile and be automatically added to the PACT locator. Moving the online training to the CPDPP platform means anyone who wishes to update their PACT training must now do so through CPDPP. The PACT program remains free for all Saskatchewan pharmacists and pharmacy students. Integration of the two websites will streamline the regular updates of the program and its resources.
With the website integration, all PAS members have access to PACT resources, materials, and information. Patient and promotional information is available to anyone online; however, if non-PAS Members wish to access to additional resources, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a limited time, the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency (SCA) obtained funding from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) to cover approximately 12 weeks of quitting smoking aids (i.e. Champix, NRTs, and/or Zyban) for cancer patients. Community pharmacies must manually bill SCA for their cancer patients' quitting smoking aids by calling Lana Dean, Oncology Pharmacist and CPAC Tobacco Cessation Project Lead at 1-306-766-2816. NOTE: Patients are unable to submit their smoking cessation aid receipts to SCA as the manual bill must come directly from the pharmacy.
What does this mean if I am a health care provider or a non-Saskatchewan pharmacist?
The program changes impact health care providers and non-Saskatchewan pharmacists in two ways. There is now a fee of $100 for those who wish to take the PACT 1 & 2 program. Secondly, if you have taken the program before and still have your PACT certification, then it is still valid as the older training has no expiry date. Those who are PACT certified and who have questions on their PACT information should contact email@example.com.
What does this mean for the old PACT website, online modules and library?
The updates to the program mean PAS is transitioning away from the old website and online modules. As the modules are updated, they will be removed from the old site. PAS is updating and has moved the resources to the PAS site, where it is available to all PAS members. Once the resources and modules have been removed, the old website will be shut down and you will be redirected to the PAS website. If you have questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Unfortunately, PAS will no longer be able to resend certifications from the old PACT modules.