AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A 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 2 Only gifts of monetary value, from vendors, single students and governmental employees are prohibited. All other gifts must be of nominal value.
Consulting relationships 2 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 2 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 2 There is internal disclosure yearly to Compliance and Audit Committee.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 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 3 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 2 Industry representatives may come on-site only by appointment and at the request of the individual being visited.
On-campus Education 3 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 2 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 3 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 3 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? Yes Oversight is established.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are referenced.
What the results mean...
3Model policy
2Good progress toward model policy
1No policy, or policy unlikely to have a substantial effect on behavior
0Did not report
N/APolicy not relevant to this institution (e.g., does not make purchasing decisions)