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

Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine greatly improved their policy from 2010-2011. This institution has model policies related to the areas of gifts, consulting, speaking, off-site education and industry sponsored scholarships.  This year, vast improvements were made in the area related to disclosure, with the mandate of public disclosure of financial conflicts of interest of personnel.  Requirements for speaking relationships are clearly outlined in the policy.  An area of improvement is purchasing, as the policy currently makes no meaningful attempt to address financial conflicts of interest related to members of purchasing committees.  Overall, the institution submitted a comprehensive policy this year, with a strong curriculum, oversight and sanctions for noncompliance.

 

Updates:  

This institution submitted updated policies to the 2011-12 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard, their score improves from a D to a B.

 

This institution's evaluation was last updated: 02/28/2012



Gifts & Meals 3 The policy explicity prohibits all gifts, regardless of value, including food and meals.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires prior review and written approval of all consulting relationships that ensures payment is commensurate to the task.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 The policy explicitly outlines the criteria for speaking engagements, including the pre-review and approval of all speaking engagements.
Disclosure 3 New in 2012, the policy mandates public disclosure of financial conflicts of interest via the institution's website.  Disclosure by all personnel is required for new or revised industry-sponsored activities.
Pharmaceutical samples 2

The policy clearly creates restrictions that limit the use of samples as a marketing tool, through the provision of $4.00 medications.

Purchasing & Formularies 1 The policy makes no attempt to address financial conflicts of interest that apply to individuals making purchasing decisions.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 The policy requires industry sales representatives to meet with faculty only by appointment or invitation.
On-campus Education 2 The policy allows for industry funding for CMEs but requires all CMEs (regardless of accreditation status) to adhere to the ACCME or AOA standards.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3

The policy clearly prohibits the receipt of payment or gifts for attendance to off site educational events, and prohibits any travel support for such events by industry.

Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Industry is prohibited from choosing the recipient of the grant or funding.
Medical school curriculum 3 The medical school's training materials promote an understanding of physician beliefs and interaction with pharmaceutical representatives.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The policy documents select administrators, including the chair/director of the respective department and the Dean as being  responsible for oversight.
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)