Vectra Voice

In Sickness and In Health: Caregivers Making Good on Their Vows to Those They Love

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on September 4, 2018

For those of us who work on the Vectra DA test, we pride ourselves on keeping rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients at the center of all that we do. Patient-centricity is part of all our thinking and guides many of our decisions. An important part of the patient perspective that isn’t often mentioned is the patient’s primary caregiver. The primary caregiver is a person who plays a critical role in any patient’s support system.

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Topics: Caring for Our RA, #RedefiningRA

Advancing the Science on RA: News from EULAR 2018

Posted by Kathleen Hennessey on August 20, 2018

My role at Myriad Genetics as Senior Strategic Product Director, Autoimmune, involves staying abreast of the latest scientific data in the autoimmune and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) space. Equipped with this information, I work to assess the existing clinical data to advance our knowledge of biomarker testing and its role in addressing the needs of patients with RA. One of my favorite ways of staying on top of the latest research is by attending medical meetings, such as the recent European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Annual Congress, which took place in Amsterdam.

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Topics: EULAR

THE RA WARRIOR: Toward Greater Accord in Understanding RA

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on August 6, 2018

Those readers who are following our Vectra Voice regularly know that we are in the middle of a series sharing what happened during our Patient Ambassador meeting in Tampa. In our last post, we highlighted what Kelly Young, the RA Warrior, shared with our Ambassadors at the meeting. Read below for a continuation of her session.

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Topics: Patient advocacy, Patient Engagement, arthritis awareness month, #RedefiningRA, Vectra DA

THE RA WARRIOR: Dispelling Myths About RA and Encouraging Joy

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on July 30, 2018

Those readers who are following our Vectra Voice regularly know that we are in the middle of a series sharing what happened during our Patient Ambassador meeting in Tampa. You can click here to see how we kicked off Arthritis Awareness Month, here to hear from the physician who spoke at our meeting and here to read why our sales reps love educating the RA community about Vectra DA.

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Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Patient advocacy, Patient Engagement, #RedefiningRA

Old Friends, New Beginnings

Posted by Dr. Charles Weaver on July 15, 2018

theRAConnection’s partnership with Vectra DA goes back to our beginnings five years ago when the team behind Vectra DA first supported our effort to create a unique place for RA patients to connect with each other. Our vision was to combine educational content with a social community to inspire, support, and inform patients and their caregivers. We’re really proud of our great community of 4,500 registered users and our top-notch writers who keep the community abreast of relevant and meaningful health information and news updates on treatment and management.

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Topics: +theRAconnection

A Physician’s Perspective: Partnering with RA Patients for Better Outcomes

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on July 9, 2018

Those readers who are following our Vectra Voice regularly know that we are in the middle of a series sharing what happened during our Patient Ambassador meeting in Tampa (learn how we kicked off Arthritis Awareness Month here).

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Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Patient Engagement, arthritis awareness month, #RedefiningRA, Vectra DA

Our Ambassador Team Rocks: A Real Show of Support for Arthritis Awareness Month

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on June 26, 2018

I shared in an earlier blog that our Patient Ambassador team kicked off Arthritis Awareness Month when we met in Tampa. I’m going to interrupt our blog series on the sessions that took place in Tampa to give a huge shout-out to our Ambassadors who came out in a big way to raise awareness for Rheumatoid Disease and to raise funds with the Arthritis Foundation to support ongoing research. From blogging, to videos on social media, to using our digital frame and more, these folks really made a splash.

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Topics: arthritis awareness month, #RedefiningRA, Vectra DA, arthritis foundation

View from the Field: Making a Difference for Patients through Physician Conversations

Posted by Mike Aaron on June 4, 2018

Those readers who are following our Vectra Voice regularly know that we are in the middle of a series sharing what happened during our recent Patient Ambassador meeting in Tampa. You can click here to see how we kicked off Arthritis Awareness Month.

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Topics: arthritis awareness month, #RedefiningRA, Vectra DA

Getting Together: Crescendo’s Patient Ambassador Meeting in Tampa

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on May 23, 2018

Many Vectra Voice readers know about our Patient Ambassador program and have met some of our Ambassadors through blog posts or social media. We started the Patient Ambassador program four years ago as a way of staying better connected with patients and keeping channels of communications open.

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Topics: Patient advocacy, arthritis awareness month, #RedefiningRA, Vectra DA

Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis with a Primary Care Physician

Posted by Joe Lindstrom on April 23, 2018

Although Rheumatoid Arthritis affects more than 1.3 million Americans, approximately one percent of the population, there are only about 6,000 rheumatologists in the US – and not all of them work full-time.[1] That means it can sometimes be tough to get specialty care. Unfortunately, this trend is expected to grow as demand for rheumatology care increases in the years ahead while the number of rheumatologists continues to fall.

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Topics: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Patient Engagement, #RedefiningRA

What is Vectra DA?

  • Vectra DA is an advanced blood test for adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It helps you and your doctor better understand your RA disease activity.
  • Vectra DA blood test for RA gives a more complete look at your disease activity by measuring 12 markers of RA disease activity. Some other tests, such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or “sed rate”), only measure one marker.
  • Vectra DA test scores can help track your disease activity over time with an objective measure that complements your doctor’s exam and your own assessment.

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