AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A Creighton University School of Medicine
City: Omaha State: NE
Commentary:

Creighton submitted new policies for this iteration of the Scorecard that are significantly stronger and address key areas. Creighton has a model policy for industry-funded speaking barring any faculty from having such relationships, samples, industry-funded scholarships for trainees, and off-site industry events. The policy could be strengthened by banning all gifts and meals regardless of value, mandating public disclosure, banning sales representatives from campuses and affiliated sites, and ensuring that industry does not have any control of any on-site educational events.


This institution submitted new policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard. Due to the significant improvement in almost all domains, the policy now receives an A grade.

This institution's evaluation was last updated: 4/9/2013

This institution has not consented to allow portions of their policy be cited for illustrative purposes.



Gifts & Meals 2 Gifts and meals to faculty and staff are limited to no more than a total value of $50 per year and generally limited in nature for educational purposes or patient benefit. The policy puts in place dollar-value limit on some gifts.
Consulting relationships 3 This policy places no limits on consulting engagements, other than annual disclosure for researchers who earn over $10,000/year extramurally.  All consulting relationships require a time-limited contract.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 Speakers are not allowed to participate in speaker's bureaus and industries are not allowed control of the presentation content.
Disclosure 2 While there is no specific language requiring faculty to publicly disclose or disclose to patients any conflicts of interest, there is a Conflict of Interest Review Committee set up to review disclosure forms and prepare resolution plan.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 Samples are completely prohibited from the AMC.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 The policy prohibits any committee member with financial interests from serving on the Pharmacy and Therapeutic or Product Evaluation Committee.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Vendors are prohibited from entering medical school or medical center unless approved by Department Chair and in non-patient areas.
On-campus Education 2 All educational activities must adhere to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, and there is some central management of funds by the Division of CME to separate sponsors from individual recipients. However, there are limits on industry-control of educational activity content or topic.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy prohibits all financial support by industry for travel and payment to off-site lectures and meetings.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Funds provided by industry must go to division, cannot be earmarked for individuals, and has to be approved by the Department Chair and Dean of SOM.
Medical school curriculum 1 No policy, or policy not provided.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? No There is no enforcement or supervisory authority granted beyond the university-wide disclosure requirement.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes There are sanctions listed for noncompliance with 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)