AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Ohio State University College of Medicine
City: Columbus State: OH

Summary Ohio State University College of Medicine has a strong vendor policy which puts clear limits on external relationships with industry that are not for commensurate services or serve a uniquely marketing purpose. The use of samples is restricted to specific exceptions, and prescribing of generics is encouraged. For higher marks in the area of on-site educational events, this institution could ensure that any educational content presented on-site be subject to review by the institution to ensure absence of bias.

Demographics: The three primary sites of student training are Ohio State University Hospital, Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, and Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital. Submitted policies apply to all training sites and all students and housestaff regardless of the site of their rotation.  But, the policies do not apply to volunteer, auxiliary faculty unless they are also members of the OSU Hospital Medical staff.

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: 12/07/2010.

Gifts & Meals 2 Gifts, regardless of type or value, may not be accepted by covered persons. However, industry may give cash or educational gifts to medical center units. Meals provided directly to staff by industry are also prohibited, but industry may provide modest meals in the context of sponsored CME.
Consulting relationships 2 Consulting arrangements with industry must be described in a written agreement, and payment must be commensurate to the task, and fair market value. There are no provisions for mandatory institutional review of consulting agreements.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 Commendably, this policy prohibits faculty from being kept on a retainer by industry for participation in a speakers’ bureau. Further, faculty may never accept participate in or present at a speakers’ bureau event where the goal of the activity is marketing a product. Presentation materials must be prepared solely by the medical center staff member.
Disclosure 2 Staff members engaging in paid outside activities must complete the "Staff Extramural Activity Reporting Form" in the case that the work may present a potential conflict of interest.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 The distribution of samples is prohibited, except when a clinical unit applies for an exception for a specific medication or patient population. Vendors may provide vouchers to clinical units, and prescribers are encouraged to prescribe generic medications to patients not able to easily afford medication.
Purchasing & Formularies 2 Staff participating in purchasing decisions must disclose all potential financial conflicts for review, but are not automatically required to recuse themselves from the process.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Sales representatives are restricted to appointment only visits and have limited access to patient care areas and patients.
On-campus Education 2 Industry is permitted to provide direct funding to medical center units to support educational events on-site.  The policy did not describe any institutional approval of presentation content or expressly limit industry control of that content.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Medical center staff may not accept meals at off-sit events or payment for attendance. Travel support may only be accepted when the recipients are chosen by the department.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The institution must choose the recipient of any scholarship funding from industry. 
Medical school curriculum 3 The institution provided course material addressing the potential influence of industry relationships on medical decision-making.
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)