|Albany Medical College|
|City: Albany||State: NY|
Summary: Albany Medical College has provided a set of strong policies that generally well-address the scorecard domains. Highlights of these policies include a general prohibition on samples and a ban on vendor gifts. The provision of regular disclosure requirements for staff and limitations on long-term speaking relationships such as speaker’s bureaus would strengthen this policy.
Demographics: The three primary sites of student training are VA Medical Center/Ellis, Memorial/Samaritan, and School of Public Health / Community Care Physicians. Submitted policies apply to all sites.
Updates: This institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2011-12 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.
This institution has not consented to allow the public posting of their policies.
This institution's evaluation was last updated: 12/05/2010
|Gifts & Meals||Only gifts of monetary value, from vendors, single students and governmental employees are prohibited. All other gifts must be of nominal value.|
|Consulting relationships||There is institutional review of staff consulting relationships, but no explicit requirement for consulting relationships to be described in a contract. Relationships related to educational events must be described in a contract but there is no evidence that this requirement broadly applies to other consulting agreements.|
|Industry-funded speaking relationships||Speakers and their managers must review content to ensure that the program is primarily educational in intent and presents a balance of available options or perspectives.|
|Disclosure||There is internal disclosure yearly to Compliance and Audit Committee.|
|Pharmaceutical samples||Samples are generally prohibited from being distributed at the institution. Exceptions must be specially requesting in writing and approved by the Director of Pharmacy or the Formulary Committee.|
|Purchasing & Formularies||All committee members must disclose conflicts of interest. The committee members must recuse themselves from any discussion or decision-making process if they are found to have any potential COIs.|
|Industry Sales Representatives||Industry representatives may come on-site only by appointment and at the request of the individual being visited.|
|On-campus Education||Support from vendors must be paid to central fund and the institution retains responsibility for events independent of industry.|
|Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus||The policy prevents industry from earmarking individuals for support for off-site education, but it is not clear that all individuals besides research investigators cannot accept payment for attendance.|
|Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees||Although the policy does not differentiate between trainees and staff, it does prohibit industry from earmarking individuals for support for off-site education.|
|Medical school curriculum||The institution will develop educational materials to increase general awareness and understanding of regulatory expectations of institutions and individuals in "eliminating the detrimental effects of conflicts on interests".|
|Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism?||Oversight is established.|
|Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance?||Sanctions are referenced.|
|Good progress toward model policy|
|No policy, or policy unlikely to have a substantial effect on behavior|
|Did not report|
|Policy not relevant to this institution (e.g., does not make purchasing decisions)|