VMS BioMarketing, a leading provider of patient support solutions, is proud to have been named one of the 2017 Best Workplaces for Giving Back by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work®. The recognition is based on more than 350,000 surveys of employees across a range of industries, as well as their organizations’ charitable programs and giving.
By Bridget Bundy, BSN, RN, CDE
I don’t know about you, but I always have the best time at work when a patient and I connect so much so that I want to become their new best friend! It is in those connections where I feel I’ve made the greatest difference with a patient. We have understood one another so much, it’s as if I just had a conversation with a friend. My patient has opened up about the struggles they are experiencing and, when I offer assistance, it’s a message closely tailored to their needs. What an experience!
What first attracted you to work for VMS BioMarketing?
The ability to create and make a difference. For me, it’s about how much impact I can have and how agile I can be in an organization. VMS allows for creativity and nimbleness; two things I value very much.
Medication adherence is a growing issue in the pharmaceutical industry today. Why do you enjoy this challenge?
This is a huge reason behind why I came to VMS. Patient outcomes are extremely important. Until now, I have been working strictly as a utility for healthcare companies. This opportunity allows me and the VMS team to be involved with the solution. I like being an active member and influencer in industries that are in the middle of a transformation. So much will be decided and become bedrock for our future in the next five years, and I am excited to be a part of it.
According to a recent study in JAMA Cardiology1, the Medicare Shared Savings Program failed to improve medication use or increase adherence among patients with cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Researchers said, “Our findings suggest that incentives in the Medicare Shared Savings Program to improve disease control and lower hospitalization rates and nondrug spending for patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes have not been associated with meaningful increases in medication use and adherence.”
Nancy Smith graduated with a BS in nutrition from Auburn University and received her master’s degree in nutrition from Mississippi State University. Throughout the years, she has gained the titles of registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator® (CDE). She has been a dietitian for 17 years and a CDE for 14 years. With this extensive history in the pharma field and her advanced knowledge of it, Nancy was the perfect candidate to become a Clinical Educator for VMS BioMarketing. Nancy brings her expertise to help patients with diabetes and osteoporosis initiate new treatment regimen via inhalation or injection.
“I have the privilege of introducing patients to therapy that can be life changing, improve their quality of life and allow the them to have the best possible outcomes. Through having a conversation with me about their therapy, they can be at ease to ask any questions and receive the support necessary to help them stay on therapy.”
At VMS BioMarketing, we are proud of our nurses every day, but during National Nurses Week we are especially proud to celebrate them and the role they play in delivering high quality care to patients. Nurses’ dedication to the profession is just part of the reason why the American public—for the 15th consecutive year—has ranked nurses as the professionals with the highest honesty and ethical standards of any profession, according to Gallup polling.
This week, May 6-12 is National Nurses Week as designated by the American Nurses Association. The theme Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit focuses on how nurses are leading the charge for health and wellness. This year’s theme highlights that nurses must prioritize self-care so they are in turn able to take great care of patients.
WAYNE, Pa., April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Egalet Corporation (Nasdaq: EGLT) ("Egalet"), a fully integrated specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing innovative treatments for pain and other conditions, today announced that Jean-Francois Formela, MD has resigned from Egalet's board of directors. Andrea Heslin Smiley, chief executive officer of VMS BioMarketing, will take Dr. Formela's board seat and Elaine Hochberg, former chief commercial officer for Forest Laboratories, has been added to the board.
Dr. Formela has served on the board of directors since 2010 and was chairman of the board from 2012 to 2015.
Say thanks to a dietitian! Today is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and everyone at VMS is grateful to have dedicated Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) as a part of our team. We appreciate their commitment to helping patients every single day! RDNs make a powerful impact in the healthcare community.
RDNs are leading experts in food and nutrition and help to improve the health in not only patients, but overall communities. RDNs have degrees in nutrition, dietetics, public health, and other related fields from an accredited college or university. In addition to the conventional education, they must also complete an internship and pass an examination. RDNs work in multiple settings helping individuals make unique, positive lifestyle changes. They are found in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness center, food management, and more.
"Put Your Best Fork Forward" is the theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month®, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year’s campaign acts as a reminder that each bite counts, and even making small shifts in our food choices can add up over time.
The Academy has a plethora of tools1 to help organizations and individuals spread the message, including a Good Nutrition Reading list, articles, recipes, videos, games, and other educational resources for people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds.
Thanks to Valentine’s Day, February has always been associated with the color red and, for most people, hearts, roses, and chocolates. For those dedicated to improving our nation’s health, this month is also associated with heart health.