AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Medicine
City: Chapel Hill State: NC

Summary: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill School of Medicine submitted a completely new set of strong policies this year. Model policies include those related to gifts, consulting, purchasing, off-site education and industry sponsored scholarships, which explicitly prohibits the involvement of industry in the selection of individual recipients. Yet, the institution's samples policy could be stronger, creating more restrictions on the use of samples as a marketing tool. The submission of curriculum materials which demonstrate an understanding of financial conflicts of interest and industry could also make for a stronger policy. Overall, this is a sound policy, with established oversight and sanctions for noncompliance.

Demographics: On average students spend 60% of their training at UNC Hospitals, 15% at Carolinas Medical Center, and 10% at WakeMed. Submitted policies apply to students and residents regardless of location; however it is unclear how the policies apply to faculty and clinical educators at various sites.

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

Gifts & Meals 3 The policy prohibits gifts and on-site meals.
Consulting relationships 3 Approval and a "Notice of Intent," filed ten days prior to engaging in a consulting relationship is required for faculty who serve as consultants.  Compensation disclosure is also required.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy prohibits the participation in "Speaker's Bureaus," but industry review of speaking content is accepted.
Disclosure 2 Annual disclosure is required from all personnel.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 Although the institution submitted a robust samples policy, including limiting samples to outpatient clinics, the policy creates no restrictions that would limit the use of samples as a marketing tool.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 According to the policy committee members with financial conflicts of interest are prohibited from serving on the committee and are required to disclose their financial conflicts of interest.  Although prohibited from the committee, members are permitted to provide professional advice.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 This policy bans vendors from the School of Medicine unless they have an appointment, and then only in non-patient areas.
On-campus Education 2 Although all industry support for educational activities is not made to a central fund, the policy requires approval of educational activities.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy prohibits the receipt of payment, including travel reimbursements, for attendance at an off-site event.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The policy permits industry support for scholarships/trainee funds and prohibits the involvement of industry in the selection of recipients.
Medical school curriculum 1 The institution did not submit a curriculum or training materials for 2011.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight clearly established.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes This policy outlines possible sanctions for noncompliance.
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)