AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
City: Fort Worth State: TX

Summary: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine provided a strong policy. Highlights include the gift ban, the policy on purchasing committees and on- and off-site education.  Newly, members of purchasing committee are not allowed to have conflicts of interest. In addition, guideline surrounding both off- and on-site education have significantly improved.  Employees are now not allowed to accept compensation for the defraying of costs to attend off-site events.  Areas still lacking in this policy are in regards to samples where no policy was provided and curricular materials are lacking.

Demographics: The major clinical sites at which students from University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine train are John Peter Smith Hospital, Plaza Hospital and Cook Children Hospital. Submitted policies apply to the university only and not the institutions however UNTHSC employees at these hospitals/clinics are obligated by UNTHSC policies.

Updates: This institution provided updated policies for review for the 2012-3 PharmFree Scorecard. This did not change any of the domain scores though and so, their grade remains a B.


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

Gifts & Meals 3 Employees are not permitted to accept any personal gifts. Meals may be provided through unrestricted funds.
Consulting relationships 3 The terms of such arrangements, services provided, and compensation must be set forth in writing. Compensation must of fair market value.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Speakers must have control over content presented at events.
Disclosure 2 All employees are required to disclose financial interests annually.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 Samples are not to be sold by faculty. Discretion is needed when distributing non-formulary drugs.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Employees on purchasing committees cannot have financial interests.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives are allowed to meet with faculty in non-patient care areas.
On-campus Education 2 Educational events must comply with appropriate accrediting organizations' (e.g. ACCME) guidelines.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Employees attending an event are not permitted to receive compensation for attendance or defraying of cost for attending.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Support for scholarships should be free of influence from industry. The School selects recipients.
Medical school curriculum 1 The institution has not provided evidence of a curricular requirement covering conflict of interest and marketing by the pharmaceutical industry
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Institutional Compliance officer's duties outlined; Compliance Council in place.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are not outlined. The Compliance council will disclose violation of rules, regulations, and policies, as well as corrective action(s) taken.
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)