AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - School of Medicine
City: San Antonio State: TX

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - School of Medicine has submitted strong policies governing industry relationships. Highlights of their submission include a very stringent policy on gifts and industry-sponsored meals, as well as commendable language on consulting arrangements and P&T committees. Limiting this school’s overall score is a weak samples policy.



This institution did not provide any new or additional for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 12/15/2010

Gifts & Meals 3 “clinicians or researchers may not accept any form of personal gift from industry or its representatives;….Meals funded directly by industry should not be provided on the AMC campus, nor at AMC-sponsored events held in off-campus locations.”
Consulting relationships 3 Consulting agreements between faculty members and industry must be set down in writing, and faculty may "accept only fair market compensation for specific, legitimate services" provided to industry.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Clinicians and researchers are prohibited from participating in or being compensated for speeches that are written by industry.
Disclosure 2 Clinicians and researchers as defined by the policy should file an annual conflict of interest report listing their past and expected financial interests that exceed $10,000 per year. Removal of this floor would make this policy stronger.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 This policy only states that free samples must not be sold or used by clinicians, researchers, or their families.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Though it's unclear whether a financial relationship with industry precludes one from being on the P&T committee entirely, this policy unambiguously prohibits such faculty from making P&T decisions while holding such an interest.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives must meet with faculty only in non-patient care areas, unless "there is a clear educational or patient care benefit."
On-campus Education 2 This institution requires adherence to ACCME standards for commercial support, whether or not CME credit is awarded.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 All payments and gifts for attending off-site CME or industry-specific events prohibited.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 This policy mandates that scholarship recipients be selected by department or institution, and not be subject to any quid pro quo.
Medical school curriculum 3 A strong curriculum was provided which addresses conflict of interest and the students' responsibilities.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes This policy stipulates 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)