AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Medical University of South Carolina
City: Charleston State: SC

Summary: Medical University of South Carolina provides a strong policy. Gifts from industry representatives are prohibited. Participation in speaker’s bureaus is prohibited and content presentations must be free of industry influence. Acceptance of travel funds for attending meetings events is not allowed. Oversight and Sanctions are provided. Prohibiting physicians from accepting samples would be a logical extension of their overall strong policies.

Demographics: On average students spend 33% of their training at Medical University of South Carolina, 30% at the VA Hospital, and 10% at Roper Hospital. Submitted policies apply to Medical University of South Carolina only.

UpdatesThis institution did not provide any new or additional for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 3/1/2012

This institution has not indicated consent to allow the public posting of their policies.    

Gifts & Meals 2 All meals directly from industry representatives are banned, as well as all gifts with a value greater than $25.
Consulting relationships 2 Although consulting relationships must be disclosed, there are no further policies described.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 Although the institution strongly discourages participation in speaker's bureaus, they are not banned. However, faculty taking part must confirm that the lecture content is not subject to industry approval, that it is based on the best scientific evidence and that the vendor doesn't choose who will speak at the event. They must also be paid at fair market value.
Disclosure 2 All faculty and staff are required to annually disclose any real or potential conflicts of interest. The institution is also creating a system to submit disclosure forms online.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Samples must be delivered to the pharmacy and must be dispensed and controlled from the pharmacy. However, physicians are permitted to receive samples that are not required to be recorded for personal use.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Any person with a financial interest in a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals or goods is required to disclose those interests and recuse themselves from any relevant purchasing decisions.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives are permitted on-site in non-patient care areas by appointment only.
On-campus Education 2 The institution adheres to ACCME standards for its CME activities.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 2 Although the institution does not prohibit payment for attendance, travel funds provided by industry must be described in a contract.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 All industry funding of scholarships will be deposited into a separate account. It will then be at the sole discretion of the department to award the scholarship, with no quid pro quo for the selected recipients.
Medical school curriculum 2 Curriculum provided was based on Clinical Ethics.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The Office of Compliance is responsible for oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions for noncompliance were noted.
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)