SCMC Pharmacy Director Evan Varga. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

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.

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