LOCKMED MISSION STATEMENT:
LOCKMED's Mission is to develop products to help safeguard medications, to raise awareness on how to safeguard medications, and to reduce the problem of prescription drug abuse in the United States.
LOCKMED is a medical product company with a charitable mission based in Pittsburgh, PA. The company is one of the leading firms in the nation focused on developing products to store medications to help reduce the problem of prescription drug abuse.
The Company was started by M. Bud Lateef, MD, a UPMC trained pain management physician, who became alarmed at the problem of prescription drug abuse when he started practice in Pittsburgh, PA. Out of this concern and the growing national problem, he began to develop products to safeguard medications with the assistance of the local Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University in 2008.
Since that time along with distribution agreements from Cardinal Health© and McKesson©, LOCKMED products have been used throughout the United States by facilities, institutions, and homeowners to store medications. The products are distributed by over 125 Authorized LOCKMED Dealers within the US, as well as, international dealers in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. LOCKMED has been awarded a Good Housekeeping Editor's Choice Award, as well as, an Award of Distinction by AIVA for The Communicator Award honoring excellence in marketing and communication.
LOCKMED has additionally taken the lead in educational efforts on the need to safeguard medications in the home. The company has built a coalition in the form of partnerships with over 100 Drug Task Forces and Community Coalition groups on a national level to highlight this issue. We have subsidized the cost of tens of thousands of LOCKMED products so these groups can distribute medication lock boxes into high risk communities.
Dr. M. Bud Lateef
LOCKMEDís Founder and President, Dr. M. Bud Lateef, is a Texas native. After completing his residency and fellowship in pain management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), he became board-certified in pain management and started practicing medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His passion in helping patients with their chronic pain brought on concerns of prescription drug abuse which was increasing at an alarming rate locally and nationally. As the opioid abuse problem became an epidemic in the U.S, Dr. Lateef took the initiatives to tackle the opioid crisis by designing and producing products to help patients safeguard their home medications. LOCKMED was pioneered by Dr. Lateef with a mission to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse. Dr. Lateef has made public welfare one of the core principles of the company. LOCKMED invests great efforts into public awareness by building coalition with over 100 Drug Task Forces and Community Coalition Groups. Dr. Lateef is committed to help mitigate prescription drug abuse by empowering patients to be responsible with storage of medications.
Donald Gallo is LOCKMEDís Vice President with almost fifty years of impressive experience in business management and sale strategy implementation with a strong focus in healthcare. Donald started with Baxter as a regional manager in sales and marketing. He became the CEO of Rosewood Cancer Care in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2000. He carried on that role for twelve years before he began his path as an independent consultant for different corporations in various industries such as finance, energy, and medical equipment. His analytical and conceptual thinking skills make him a valuable team player at LOCKMED. Working side by side with other executives and managers, Gallo provides insightful assessments of business opportunities while facilitating strategic decisions that benefit LOCKMED while promoting the companyís core values.
As Operation Manager for LOCKMED Medical Product, Brenda Vietmeier is a crucial part of the management team. Being a firm believer in the hands-on role of managers, Brenda directly oversees the day-to-day operation of the company, along with implementing important policy and reviewing operational procedures. Her career with LOCKMED focuses on optimizing productivity and safety measures while being the companyís regulatory representative. Celebrating the 9th year with LOCKMED, Brenda takes pride in her dedication to the companyís core values and vision. Before LOCKMED, she worked at GNCís Corporate Office as a Benefits Financial Analyst for seven years. Her prior experience at GNC makes her a great asset for the company with her outstanding insights and evaluation of LOCKMEDís P&L. Brenda is at the forefront of promoting the company culture which, in turn, promotes top performance and high morale among employees. Apart from her passion for LOCKMED, Brenda enjoys outdoor activities such as landscaping and camping with her family. She is a Pittsburgh native and has been living here all her life.
Being an expert in Quality Control, Anna Ryniawec serves as LOCKMEDís exceptional Production Management and Logistic Specialist with her twenty-five-year experience in the fast-paced industrial environment. Going beyond her realm of responsibilities, Anna is cross-trained in different departments to achieve the most optimal production quotas while maintaining product quality. In addition, Anna ensures legal and regulatory compliance with OSHAís safety standards. LOCKMEDís operational shipping and distributary processes are overseen by Anna. Also, she utilizes her expertise to provide on-the-job training for packing methods that are compliant to FedEx, UPS, and USPS standards. During her free time, one of her major hobbies is traveling. Anna also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.