AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010

About the AMSA Conflict of Interest Scorecard

 

Background

Contact Information & Suggested Citation

2013-14 AMSA Scorecard Staff

 

Background


For the past decade, there has been a growing chorus of voices comprised of citizens, politicians and healthcare leaders that has only grown louder in its united call for transparency in an effort to restore the erosion of trust that threatened the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship, as well as the medical profession in general. This erosion has been rooted in both the real and perceived conflicts of interest that have become commonplace between the marketing aspects of industry and the physicians who rely on their life-saving medicines and devices. Medical schools and academic medical centers have played a powerful leadership role in setting new standards for the profession, supported by strong guidelines set by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in the summer of 2008 and the Institute of Medicine in spring 2009.

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) released the first "PharmFree Scorecard" in 2007. This initial Scorecard graded medical schools on the presence or absence of a policy regulating the interactions between their students and faculty and the pharmaceutical and device industries. In 2008, AMSA worked with The Pew Prescription Project, an initiative of the Pew Health Group, to develop an updated Scorecard, which used a more rigorous and transparent methodology to assess the content of policies at medical schools throughout the country.  This successful framework is continued in the 2013-14 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.

AMSA established its PharmFree Campaign in 2002, and this campaign continues to advocate for: evidence-based rather than marketing-based prescribing practices, global access to essential medicines, and the removal of conflicts of interest in medicine. AMSA provides toolkits, educational materials, and training institutes to help medical students advance these towards goals. For these and numerous other resources, please visit AMSA’s PharmFree website.

The Prescription Project, created by The Pew Charitable Trusts in 2006 to promote evidence-based prescribing and reduce conflicts of interest caused by drug marketing, became the Pew Prescription Project in 2009. The project has a series of initiatives on its websites around the topic of pharmaceutical marketing and conflict of interest that are a valuable resource for medical students and physicians interested in addressing these topics at their schools.

 

For an archive of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 policy assessments, please go to the bottom of the main Scorecard page at www.amsascorecard.org and click on 2008, 2009 or 2010 Policy Archive.
 

Contact Information & Suggested Citation


If you are a medical school administration official and would like to be listed as the primary contact for your institution, please contact us at scorecard.director@amsa.org.  For more information about revising your institution’s evaluation, please click here.

Contact:  scorecard.director@amsa.org
Press:     pr@amsa.org
Suggested Citation: AMSA PharmFree Scorecard 2011-12. <<Title of Web Page>> (online), <<URL of Specific Web Page>>, Reston, VA:  American Medical Student Association <<Date Accessed>>.

 

AMSA PharmFree Scorecard Staff

 

 

Teddy Fagrelius, PharmFree Fellow

American Medical Student Association

Email: pff@amsa.org

 

Reshma Ramachandran, PharmFree Steering Committee Chair

American Medical Student Association

Email: pharmfree.chair@amsa.org

 


Advisors/Past Scorecard Leadership

 

Brigitte Frett, 2012-2013 Scorecard Director 

American Medical Student Association 

 

Lee Shapley, 2011-2012 Scorecard Director

American Medical Student Association

 

Tim Anderson, 2010-2011 Scorecard Director

American Medical Student Association

 

Jack Rusley, 2009-2010 Scorecard Director

American Medical Student Association

 

Branden Pfefferkorn, 2009 Scorecard Director
American Medical Student Association

 

Gabriel Silverman, Co-Creator*, Advisor and 2008 Scorecard Director
American Medical Student Association

 

Allan Coukell, Co-Creator*, Advisor
The Pew Prescription Project

 

Gabrielle Cosel, Advisor
The Pew Prescription Project

 

Ian Reynolds, Training Advisor
Community Catalyst
 

 

 

*The AMSA PharmFree Scorecard is indebted to Jay Bhatt, Davekumar Chandrasekaran, Bich-May Nguyen, Lainie Ori, and Justin Sanders, whose hard work and creativity produced the first AMSA PharmFree Scorecard in 2007.  The creation of the Scorecard in its current form would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of Paige Clark, AMSA Director of Student Programming 2007-2008, and Rebecca Sadun, AMSA Director of Student Programming 2008-2009.

 The Scorecard owes a heavy debt to Shari Wilkerson, for Scorecard Manager, whose hard work made both the 2010 and 2011-12 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard possible.

 


We thank Anthony Fleg, National PharmFree Chair 2007-2008, Nitin Roper, National PharmFree Chair 2008-2009, Gabriel Palley, National PharmFree Chair 2009-2010, Chris Manz, National PharmFree Chair 2010-2011, as well as all AMSA members who have helped advance conflict-of-interest policies at their academic medical centers.

Last but not least, we thank our indispensable press team, Kim Cunningham at AMSA and Kathy Melley at Community Catalyst.