AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Connecticut
City: Farmington State: CT
Commentary:

This institution has significantly strengthened their policy. Almost all domains have been improved. All gifts and meals from industry are banned on campus and at affiliated sites. While there is an acknowledgement that samples can affect patient choices, there is no policy prohibiting sales representatives from giving samples to providers directly and no policy for sample approval. Committee members making purchasing decisions are not allowed to have financial relationships with industry making this domain a model policy. Additionally, industry providing scholarships to trainees are not allowed to earmark fund or select recipients. Finally, COI curriculum is mandatory for trainees during orientation and during their clinical training course. It is unclear, however, what the curriculum covers - does it cover only the school's policy or specific COI topics. The policy could be strengthened if it addressed consulting relationships as well as explicit policies regarding off-site education rather than asking for trainees to pay attention to who funds the off-site event rather than just prohibiting such activity all together. Overall, however, the policy is fairly strong giving University of Connecticut SOM a B grade. 

 

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



Gifts & Meals 3 This policy bans all gifts including meals from industry at all sites including affiliated sites.
Consulting relationships 1 This policy seems mainly aimed at trainee interactions with industry and does not address consulting relationships.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 This policy seems mainly aimed at trainee interactions with industry and does not address speaking engagements. ACCME standards apply only to on-site events.
Disclosure 1 There is no provision for general disclosure. The only explicit requirements for disclosure apply to trainees' scholarly publications.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Students and faculty are aware that samples can influence patients' choices and distribution is only allowed at clinician office or affiliated site.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 No faculty members or students making purchasing decisions can have financial interests in companies that seek to profit from such decisions.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives may be allowed in non-patient areas by appointment only and encourages these appointments to be used for in-service training, and may only interact with trainees under the supervision of a faculty member.
On-campus Education 2 The School of Medicine requires that all on-site education programs adhere to ACCME standards for commercial support. This policy does not prohibit industry support or direct industry funds to a centralized pool.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 1 The School of Medicine bans trainees from accepting gifts or compensation for listening to a sales talk by an industry representative, but does not place explicit restrictions on other staff.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Industry is prevented from choosing the recipient of scholarship funds or earmarking of these funds, and the educational event for which the trainee is being funded must have educational merit.
Medical school curriculum 3 All students must undergo a training during orientation regarding COI as well as in their "Principles of Clinical Medicine" course. It is unclear what the content of this training is.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Any violation must be reported to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs or Senior Associate Dean of Education.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Reported violations will be referred to the Academic Advancement Committee for sanctions.
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)