AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
C University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
City: Cincinnati State: OH

Summary: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is strong in the education domains -- curriculum, scholarship, and continuing medical education. The gifts ban now bans all gifts and meals making it a model policy. The policy requires pre-approval of consulting relationships and has strengthened their disclosure policy to mandate all internal disclosure of faculty. Good language about samples as marketing tools is not supported by a samples policy that meaningfully limits their use as industry marketing tools. Stronger language regarding purchasing and formulary committees would require disclosure of all committee members and recusal from the committee when making purchasing decisions where a member has a potential COI.

Demographics: On average students spend 50% of their training at University Hospital, 25% at the Veteran’s Hospital, and 25% at various University outpatient clinics. The submitted policies apply to all sites unless the site has a more inclusive policy, then that policy is followed.

Updates: This institution did submit new policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.


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

Gifts & Meals 3 The College of Medicine prohibits the acceptance of gifts under any circumstances. In addition, meals directly funded by industry are not permitted.
Consulting relationships 2 Consulting relationships require institutional review but does not require appropriate payment or formal contract.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 1 The policy exempts 'occasional lectures' from annual disclosure. No other applicable policy provided.
Disclosure 2 Institution has system for internal disclosure that all personnel must file on a yearly or timely basis.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 Though warning language about the use of samples as marketing tools is embedded in the policy, the institution makes no major steps to reconfigure a samples policy that curtails such influence.
Purchasing & Formularies 1 Visitors and subcommittee members have to have disclosure forms, but no stipulation for committee members.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Though this policy indicates "appointments are mandatory," the language around site access does not expressly forbid uninvited visits by sales reps.
On-campus Education 2 Though the policy requires all on-site medical education to meet ACCME standards, it no longer requires that industry-supported meetings have independent content/speakers.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Provisions of the gift ban and scholarship policy ban travel-related expenses for non-bonafide services, and prevent industry from selecting recipients of travel grants.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Industry must not select recipient of the support.
Medical school curriculum 3 Great module from Family Medicine course provided.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Establishes an industry interactions committee charged with oversight, coordination, education, and interpretation of this policy.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes This policy makes reference to sanctions.
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)