AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
City: Houston State: TX

Summary: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston presents a policy that prohibits acceptance of gifts and allows meals only when associated with an educational event. Prior approval is required for most outside activities such as consulting and attendance at off-site events. Outside activities are restricted by requirements for prior approval and by limits of 30 working days within a fiscal year. Participation in speaker’s bureaus is not prohibited. Training in this policy and other applicable policies are mandated for all individuals every two years and for all new employees - this is an improvement on the prior submission which did not specify any mandatory training.

Demographics: The major training sites for students are Memorial Hermann Hospital-Medical Center, Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital, and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Submitted policies apply to physicians and residents as they staff these respective hospitals. Additionally policies specific to the Memorial Hermann Hospital System and the LBJ General Hospital have been submitted.

Updates:  This institution provided new policies to the 2012-13 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard for review. Their grade remains a B.

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


Gifts & Meals 3 Provision of gifts and meals is prohibited.
Consulting relationships 3 Prior approval in writing by dean or designee is required for outside consulting relationships.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Participation in speakers bureaus is strongly discouraged but not prohibited. 
Disclosure 3 All employees are required to disclose outside activities and any potential COI issues on an annual basis. These COIs are posted onto a public website.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Samples are not to be distributed to clinicians but may be presented directly to patients given university approval.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Members of purchasing committees cannot have conflicts of financial interest.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 All industry representatives must have appointments befor entry into the premises.
On-campus Education 2 CE events must comply with unversity policies. Clinicians must be aware of ACCME guidelines.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 2 Before employees accept invitations to trainings, they must receive Chief approval.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 University selects recipients of industry sponsored training experience.
Medical school curriculum 3 Individuals are required to complete training on this policy as well as applicable policies, regulation, and laws at least once every two years or when a new individual joins the institution. No curricular materials are provided.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Office of Institutional Compliance
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Failure to report outside activities is subject to disciplinary action, including termination
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)