AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Brown University School of Medicine
City: Providence State: RI

Summary: Brown University School of Medicine provides a good policy, prohibiting meals and gifts. It ensures that outside activities, both on-site and off-site activities, as well as the selection of education support are properly supervised. However, it is concerning that there is no policy on general disclosure of financial interests. In addition, while the policies may overall be good, there are no sanctions in place which brings into question their overall effectiveness.

Demographics: On average students spend 50% of their time at Rhode Island Hospital, 15% at the Miriam Hospital, and 15% at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Submitted policies are from the University and not these institutions – the institution states “Brown's affiliated hospitals are separate entities with separate boards. Therefore, the medical school's policies do not apply to the affiliated hospitals. To implement a broad and effective policy, we have worked with the affiliated hospitals so that their policies are consonant with that of Alpert Medical School.”

UpdatesThis institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.This institution's evaluation was last updated: 2/12/2012

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

Gifts & Meals 3 Neither gifts nor meals are permissible.
Consulting relationships 3 Consulting relationships are permitted so long as a legitimate need for the service had been identified prior and all terms of the relationship are in a written agreement. Prior approval is required for leadership staff.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Prior approval is required before participating in speakers bureaus. Also, employees must maintain full control over presentation content.
Disclosure 1 No policy provided related to general disclosure.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 The policy prevent samples from being given directly to staff. It also requires that written permission be obtained from respective pharmacy departments prior to allowing provision of formulary samples.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Purchasing, Pharmacy and Corporate Compliance members are required to disclose significant fiancial conflicts of interest. Members with financial conflicts must recuse themselves from decision making.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representatives are only permitted on the institution premises by invitation from professional staff members. Prior registration with Supply Chain Operations is required before first visit.
On-campus Education 2 "Funds to sponsor the educational program are given to the Continuing Education Offices, hospital departments/divisions, or physician foundations/groups."
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Industry is not permitted to compensate attendees or pay for their travel or lodging.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The selection of scholarship or other educational awardsis solely the responsibility of the institution senior leadership or Medical Staff leadership without industry influence.
Medical school curriculum 3 Curricular material comprises data and general information on physician/health care system and relationships with pharma/industry.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Supervisors are: Purchasing, Pharmacy Corporate Compliance and General Counsel.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? No Sanctions are not outlined, but employees are encouraged to refer violations of the policy to the Purchasing, Pharmacy and Corporate Compliance Office.
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)