AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
City: Richmond State: VA

Summary: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine submits an overall a good policy. The requirement of public disclosure is the highlight of the policy, along with the consulting policy. While the policy could be more restrictive in preventing conflicts of interest in certain domains, almost all domains at least make a very conscious effort to prevent conflicts. The policy could be further strengthened especially in the domain for industry-funded speaking as it only discourages but does not said any guidelines for faculty engaging in such relationships.

This institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.

This institution's evaluation was last updated: 4/9/13

Gifts & Meals 3 The policy bans all on-site meals, and all gifts of "monetary value," which may allow for the distribution of branded pens and other items.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires all faculty to disclose consulting relationships for review prior to starting the relationship and requires that all payment is commensurate to the services rendered.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 1 The policy discourages faculty from engaging in speaking relationships with industry but does not prohibit, limit or require institutional review.
Disclosure 3 The policy requires all "credentialed providers" to disclose any conflicts of interests both publicly and to patients.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Samples are not allowed to be directly distributed to physicians by industry representatives, rather they must be distributed to a specific individual within the clinic or department.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 The policy mandates that all individuals serving on purchasing and formulary committees disclose any potential conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from any decisions involving the company with which they have a potential conflict.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives are only allowed on campus by appointment.
On-campus Education 2 All industry funding for on-site education must be made to a central fund, but the policy does not clearly state that the funds are independent of industry control.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy clearly prohibits accepting payment for attendance to industry sponsored off-site educational events and the medical center has set up a central administrative office to coordinate travel funds.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The policy clearly states that the industry donor may not be involved with the evaluation and selection of the scholarship/trainee fund recipient.
Medical school curriculum 1 No policy, or policy not provided.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The policy clearly places the Dean's Office of Medical Affairs as the party charged with oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? No The policy does not clearly state that there are sanctions for non-compliance.
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)