AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
City: Piscataway State: NJ
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Commentary:

Summary: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School presents an improved policy for the 2012 evaluation year. This growth is evident in the areas related to gifts, consulting, speaking and purchasing, in which the policy requires committee members with financial conflicts of interest to recuse themselves from all committee decisions involving the company of interest. The institution could strengthen its score by implementing policies related to industry sponsored scholarships and a curriculum or training materials that promote an understanding of industry, financial conflicts of interest and decision-making by physicians which were absent.

Demographics: On average students spend 45% at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 33% at Cooper University Hospital and 12% at Meridian Health System. Policies for the University and medical school were submitted as well as policies for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Meridian, and Cooper.

UpdatesThis institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 02/29/2012. 

This institution has not indicated consent to allow the public posting of their policies.    



Gifts & Meals 3 The policy prohibits gifts, regardless of dollar value.
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires approval of consulting relationships and consulting relationships are required to be described in a formal contract.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey System-Wide Policy: Participation in "speaker's bureaus" is not prohibited but prior approval is required.
Disclosure 3 University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey System-Wide Policy: Disclosure to patients is required.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 The policy restricts samples to non-patient areas and pre-printed prescripted pads to commonly prescribed generics.  Additional restictions regarding distribution to clinicians should be implemented to improve the score.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 The policy requires committee members with financial conflicts of interest to recuse themselves from all committee decisions involving the company of interest.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales representatives are allowed to meet with faculty, only by approval and appointment.
On-campus Education 3 University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey System-Wide Policy: The policy does not prohibit financial support by industry and requires funds be made to an appropriate account within the Center for Continuing Education in the Health Professions.  All funds are independent of commercial support.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey System-Wide Policy: The policy prohibits compensation for attendance at off-site events.  This prohibition extends to travel support, including travel reimbursements and additional financial support.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 1 The institution submitted no policy related to scholarships/trainee funds for 2011.
Medical school curriculum 1 Although the institution submitted a robust student handbook for 2011, the handbook does not promote an understanding of phamaceutical marketing and healthcare decision making.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes

These policies establish oversight.

Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes

Sanctions are referenced in the policies.

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)