At Monday’s Fall Into Health program at the Morris Area Elementary School, Stevens Community Medical Center’s Director of Pharmacy Evan Varga was at one of the event’s informational booths. Varga offered a reminder to KMRS listeners who are taking blood thinners like Coumadin.
“If you’re on Coumadin, a couple of things: Keep your appointments for your blood draws. It’s very critical so it doesn’t get too thick or too thin,” said Varga. “And the second major thing is always — always — tell a doctor, because they forget that you’re on Coumadin, if they prescribe something new. Because there’s a very good chance, especially with antibiotics, that (they)…could make you thick or thin very rapidly.”
Varga is an advocate of incorporating a patient’s pharmacist into the health care team and favors open communication between doctors and pharmacists.