AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B SUNY Upstate Medical University
City: Syracuse State: NY

 The policy submitted is primarily focused on graduate medical education. Dedicated guidance for interns, residents, and fellows commendable. However, the submitted policies did not address several important areas in regard to faculty and staff, including allowable consulting relationships and industry funding of travel. Further, the submitted policy is very clear in prohibiting certain activities. However, its succinctness may cause confusion in some areas. For instance, while all gifts are banned for faculty, students, and trainees, "low value" gifts are conditionally allowed without clear guidance on acceptable value or nature. 


* Please note that an evaluation of SUNY Downstate's policies was performed after the release of the 2011-12 Scorecard.  The changes are noted below.  These changes are unofficial, as they were not performed by our standard double-blinded process.  The policies will be reviewed again by AMSA's typical processes in the fall of 2012.


Updates: This institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.This institution's evaluation was last updated: 7/2/2012

Gifts & Meals 2 Gifts and food, regardless of value, are prohibited. Educational gifts may be accepted by "students and others".
Consulting relationships 2 Outside relationships require pre-approval and are limited to 36 days per year provided there is no conflict of interest.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Participation in speakers bureaus is prohibited. However, covered individuals may provide certified CME talks. The policy does not clearly indicate control of content.
Disclosure 2 Disclosure is required for institutional leadership and not on a periodic basis. All covered individuals disclose potential financial COI annually however only interests exceeding $1000 must be disclosed.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Samples may only be dispensed to patients who are indigent, have no prescription coverage or temporarily have no access to other pharmacy services, and for short trial treatment periods (1 week or less).
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Covered individuals who make purchasing decisions must disclose their financial COI and recuse themselves from decision making regarding the product in question.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 "Industry representatives must make an appointment to see [institution] personnel and are allowed only in non-patient care areas and nonpublic areas"
On-campus Education 2 Industry support for CME/CE activies is acceptable under this policy. Industry cannot select speaker or control content. All CME events comply with ACCME standards.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 2 Funds for travel to conferences is prohibited. However, support for trainings is permitted.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 1 No policy available.
Medical school curriculum 3 The Medical University included an example of a case study on COI from an ethics course, and indicated that the graduate medical education department was in the process of developing a more comprehensive curriculum "relating to drug development, marketing, and relationships with industry for use across programs in the institution."
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes COI Officer is responsible for implementation, evaluation and revision of the policy.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are discussed.
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)