AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University at Buffalo School of Medicine
City: Buffalo State: NY

Summary: Overall a significantly improved policy from last year.  University of Buffalo provides a good policy which bans industry sponsored meals. Consulting and speaking engagements require institutional review. Disclosure to patients is required. Industry representatives are only permitted to meet with faculty by appointment. This policy should keep conflicts to a minimum. These policies could be improved by banning gifts of all values, requiring pre-approval and contracts for consulting arrangements, and banning reimbursement of travel expenses for industry-sponsored conferences. Mechanisms for oversight and enforcement are in place.

Demographics: On average students spend 25% of their training at Buffalo General Hospital, 25% at Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and 25% at Erie County Medical Center. Submitted policies apply to all sites.

Updates: University at Buffalo School of Medicine submitted a updated policies to the 2012-3 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. Their grade remains a B.


This institution's evaluation was last updated: 4/9/2013.

Gifts & Meals 2 Gifts must be of minimal value and of intrinsic educational value. Such gifts should not be used in clinical areas.
Consulting relationships 3 Consulting fees may be accepted for genuine training or educational activity.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Compensation may be received for genuine speaking engagements.
Disclosure 3 Financial interests with a manufacturer should be disclosed to patients.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Residents, students and clinical directors require a liaison officer to receive samples but faculty practitioners do not.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Members of formulary committees are required to recuse themselves when significant COI (greater than $10,000 or greater than 5% ownership) exist.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives may only meet with faculty by appointment at sites where full-time faculty provide clinical services, in non-patient care areas. Volunteer faculty meetings do not require appointments. Residents and students may only meet with industry representatives in the presence of faculty.
On-campus Education 2 Unrestricted funds for educational activities can be accepted by departments or practice plans. CME must be in accordance with ACCME standards however ACCME standards seem not to be required when CME credits are not awarded.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Faculty may only accept travel funds if they are genuine participants in an industry sponsored event.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Trainees may not be chosen by industry for travel funds or invitations.
Medical school curriculum 3 The curriculum discusses potential COIs and the role of industry, but in a more limited way, also required that students and staff read the COI documents at least once a year.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The Relations with Industry Committee (RIC) monitors and proposes amendments to be made to the policy.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Consequences for nonadherence are clearly outlined.
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)