AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
C Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California and Nevada
City: Vallejo State: CA

Summary: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California and Nevada submitted a mix of ongoing and new policies for the 2011-2012 evaluation. Compared to last year, the institution has slightly improved in areas related to gifts and oversight. The gifts score could be strengthened with the prohibition of gifts, regardless of value. Currently, the institution permits gifts with a value equal to or less than $25. There are also few restrictions related to the areas of consulting and disclosure, in addition to the samples policy lacking substance and content. These policies are weak and in moving forward, should be strengthened for an improved score. The institution's model policies fall in the area of off-site education, scholarships and curriculum. The institution also has established oversight and clear sanctions for noncompliance.

Demographics: On average students at the California campus spend 20% of their training at Arrowhead Regional Medical, 15% at North Bay Medical Center, and 15% Emanuel Medical Center. Submitted policies apply only to clinical faculty with privileges at affiliated hospitals. Each facility has it’s own policies which were not submitted and which are not evaluated by the College during their contracting process.

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

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

Gifts & Meals 2 The policy mandates a $25 value-limit for acceptance of gifts.
Consulting relationships 1 The policy requires a written request and advanced approval of consulting relationships for only full-time faculty.  Disclosure of consulting relationships for all personnel is required on an ad-hoc basis, via the COI CME Form-Discl & Attest and the COI Questionnaire.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 The policy is limited to full-time faculty members, who are required to obtain approval, in writing, and must have full control over the presentation content.
Disclosure 1 The policy requires annual disclosure for only full-time faculty and staff members and not all personnel.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 In 2011, the institution submitted no policy related to samples.
Purchasing & Formularies 2 Purchasing members are required to disclose their financial conflicts of interest in advance and approval to participate in committee decisions is required by the Office of General Counsel.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales representatives are allowed in non-patient care areas by appointment only.
On-campus Education 2 On-site educational events must comply with ACCME standards. There are no additional policies related to on-site education that provide more stringent limitations on industry influence.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Employees may not accept compensation or travel subsidies for attending meetings or other educational events.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Industry support for scholarships and funds for trainees is acceptable in cases where the institution selects the recipient of the funds.
Medical school curriculum 3 Through a case study approach, the policy's curriculum training materials promote an understanding of pharmaceutical marketing and decision-making by physicians.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes General oversight to ensure compliance is established through the Office of General Counsel.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes The policy establishes 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)