AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Massachusetts Medical School
City: Worcester State: MA
Commentary:

University of Massachusetts Medical School has a strong policy in place that completely bans gifts and meals. Participation in speakers bureaus is forbidden. Industry is not allowed to select scholarships recipients, and their curriculum is very stong. A logical next step would be requiring public disclosure, either through a website or directly to patients, of any COI. The current samples policy appears to be somewhat vague, at both hospitals it covers (but in different ways). A more uniform and clear samples policy, that would minimize the potential for abuse, would also be a great next step.

Updates: This institution submitted new policies for the 2012-3 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.

 

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



Gifts & Meals 3 The policy prohibits all gifts and all on-site meals except for meals associated with CMEs.
Consulting relationships 2 While the policy does not require prior approval for consulting, it does require that all consulting arrangements be at fair market value and defined in a written contract.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 The policy prohibits the participation in speaker's bureaus and charges all speakers to be in complete control of their material.
Disclosure 2 The policy clearly requires staff to disclose at least annually all financial interests.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 There are two separate policies covering two areas of the health system, one requires samples to be given to the pharmacy but does not describe a program but rather recommends that samples be used for needy populations.  The other policy covers outpatient clinics and requires that samples be used only for indigent populations but allows for samples to be given directly to physicians.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Individuals with financial ties to industry are prohibited from serving on the P&T committee.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Representatives are permitted in non-patient care areas by scheduled appointment only.
On-campus Education 2 While the policy does require that funds be given to the institution wide foundation, it allows for the funding to be restricted to a specific department.  This negates "arms length" funding that the institutional fund has, even with proper oversight of the funding at the departmental level.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy prohibits industry from having any input on the selection of scholarship recipient.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Industry is prohibited from being involved in the selection of scholarship or trainee funds.
Medical school curriculum 3 Supplied curriculum discusses issues surrounding industry and it's effects on care and does so throughout the entire medical education.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Oversight established.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions referenced.
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)