AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Thomas Jefferson University - Jefferson Medical College
City: Philadelphia State: PA

Summary: Jefferson Medical College prohibits acceptance of gifts and meals on-site. Speaking relationships are not allowed when content is controlled by the industry. Annual disclosure is required for all employees of all financial relationships. Unrestricted funds for CME events are accepted and controlled by OCME. The curricular material appropriately satisfies the requirement for the domain. Unfortunately, their samples policy is quite lacking and could be strengthened by not allowing physicians to control acceptance and distribution of specific samples. 

Demographics: On average students spend 50% of their time at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 15% at Methodist Hospital, and 10% at Christiana Care Medical Services. Submitted policies are from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital but apply to students at all training sites.

Updates: This institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 01/22/2011

This institution has not indicated consent to allow their policy to be publicly posted or quoted for illustrative purposes.

Gifts & Meals 3 All gifts and meals (except those in conjuction with CME) are prohibited.
Consulting relationships 2 Consulting relationships are to be in writing and commensurate to task. There is no requirement for prior approval before commencement of consulting relationships.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 Faculty are prohibited from participating in speaker's bureaus and may not allow for industry to dictate any portion of their material.
Disclosure 3 Annual disclosure of conflicts required of all personnel, as is disclosure of conflicts to patients when that relationship might represent an apparent or perceived conflict of interest.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 The Sample policy documents provided by the institution do not place any substantial limits on use of samples, particularly for outpatient departments. The policy ensures accountability in that good records must be kept of all samples received and dispensed. However, without sufficient oversight or review at the departmental or institutional level, physicians are given free access to samples and may request them as needed from pharmaceutical representatives. This may ultimately lead to the use of samples as marketing tools instead of in the best interest of the patient.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Committee members with financial COI are not permitted to participate in decision making regarding applicable product.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales representatives may be in the academic medical center but only by appt. and may only detail in non patient-care areas.
On-campus Education 2 Unrestricted funds received from industry in support of CME events must be overseen and coordinated by the Office of CME.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Reimbursement for merely attending an off-site event is not allowed. Selection of recipients of assistance must be independent of industry influence.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Selection of recipients of assistance must be independent of industry influence.
Medical school curriculum 3 Description of curricular material addresses understanding COI as may arise through interaction with pharmaceutical industries.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight clearly established in the policy.
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)