AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
City: Nashville State: TN

Most of the scorecard domains are addressed by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in a clear, thorough, and logical way.  Overall, this is a relatively strong policy. Purchasing & Formularies and Education are strongly addressed in this policy, however, all other domains were average. For example, while gifts are banned, meals are permitted at non-CME events.  



This institution did not submit and new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. This institution's evaluation was last updated: 12/05/2010

Gifts & Meals 2 The policy bans all gifts but allows for industry sponsored meals at non-CME educational events and allows for industry representatives to bring food to grand rounds and journal clubs.
Consulting relationships 2 Under the policy, staff must disclose consulting arrangements prior to beginning for administrative review. All consulting agreements must be described in a formal contract and payment must be commensurate with task.  Also, all consulting agreements in which payment is greater than $10,000 annually must be approved in writing.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy does not allow for speaking arrangements where the material presented can be controlled in any way by industry, but does control the length of the arrangement in any fashion.
Disclosure 2 Current policy requires annual disclosure by all staff.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 The policy bans direct distribution to all clinicians, but does create select programs for sample use or use generic samples.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Members of the University community may not review or approve contracts or business relationships when that member has a financial interest with the company involved. 
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives may only meet with staff by appointment.
On-campus Education 2 The institution cites adherance to ACCME standards for all on-site educational events while allowing for funding to be given at the departmental level.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy clearly prohibits the acceptance of payment for attendance and funding for travel to off-site educational events.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Policy states: "Industry may not earmark contributions to fund specific recipients."
Medical school curriculum 3 The provided curricular material clearly seeks to educate students on the intent and impact of the pharmaceutical industry upon physicians. It also summarizes and references key Vanderbilt conflict of interest policies in a clear manner.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The policy designates the Office of Conflict of Interest and Committment Management as the party responsible for general oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are clearly referenced 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)