AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A University of California Los Angeles - David Geffen School of Medicine
City: Los Angeles State: CA
Commentary:

Summary: University of California Los Angeles - David Geffen School of Medicine is subject to the University of California system-wide policy, and also presents institution specific policies. The institution has model domains, including gifts and samples, with an explicit prohibition of samples in medical facilities. Other model policies include purchasing, off-site education and industry-sponsored scholarships. Both consulting and speaking relationships could be more restrictive, in addition to the mandate for all employees to disclose financial conflicts of interest on an periodic basis. Currently, designated employees are required to disclose financial conflicts of interest. Overall, the institution is taking great strides to eliminate conflicts of interest related to industry.

Demographics: The three primary sites of student training are Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, and Cedars-Sinai Medical. Submitted policies are from Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center but apply to students at all training sites.

UpdatesThis institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 02/28/2012



Gifts & Meals 3 The School of Medicine uses model language for a comprehensive gift ban, defining and then prohibiting all gifts and on-site meals provided by industry.
Consulting relationships 2

UC system-wide vendor relations policy: Employees need prior written approval before starting outside employment. Senior Management Group (SMG) members are also required to obtain approval.

Industry-funded speaking relationships 2

UC system-wide vendor relations policy: Payments, meals, and lodging must be reported but may not be subject to the gift policy. Honoraria cannot be received for speeches given at public/private conventions etc. except if part-time.

Disclosure 2 Annual internal disclosure of financial relationships is required, and commendably a certain tier of relationships require prior approval. Clarifying that faculty must file annual reports even when they do not have external relationships would help reduce the burden of compliance on faculty.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 UC system-wide vendor relations policy: The policy prohibits samples in medical facilities.
Purchasing & Formularies 3

UC system-wide vendor relations policy: Officials are required to disqualify themselves from making University decisions if they receive gifts of $320/source/yr.

Industry Sales Representatives 2 UC system-wide vendor relations policy: Pharmaceutical sales representatives may visit the School by appointment only, and only in non-patient care areas.
On-campus Education 2 UC system-wide vendor relations policy: ACCME standards for commercial support apply to both accredited and non-accredited educational events organized by UC system universities.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3

UC system-wide vendor relations policy: No employee may accept travel or payment for attending off-site events

Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3

UC system-wide vendor relations policy:The university selects the recipient of the scholarship or award on a merit basis

Medical school curriculum 3 UC system-wide vendor relations policy: Mandatory training for all employees, staff, and students on proper interaction with vendors and the nature of marketing influence.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes

UC system-wide vendor relations policy: Several officers listed serve as parties for oversight including the Compliance Officer.

Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes UC system-wide vendor relations policy: Sanctions 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)