AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
City: Lubbock State: TX

Summary: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine provides a fair policy which appropriately addresses gifts, outside relationships and CE programs. Unfortunately, the disclosure policy was only addressed to board members and executive administrators. For the 2011-12 Scorecard, the institution had requested a re-evaluation of the consulting policy which states that employees are to receive a finding from appropriate administrative officials. The requirement for a formal contract was not clearly stated in any of the new documents provided by the institution. The presence of this requirement would increase their score in this domain. Their score in this category remains a 2, and their overall score of a B is also unchanged.

Demographics: The three primary sites of student training are Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine – Lubbock,  Amarillo, and El Paso. Submitted policies apply to all clinics owned by Texas Tech University.

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

Gifts & Meals 2 Personal gifts are not permissible but educational gifts may be accepted. Meals may be provided through the CME programs.
Consulting relationships 2 The policy requires that employees who are seeking outside employment must obtain a finding from appropriate administrative officials and the Board of regeants including expected compensation to be received. Even with the provision of the Reagents Rule documentation, there was no requirement for a written contract in the policy.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 2 Participation in speakers bureaus is allowed provided lecture content is without industry influence.
Disclosure 1 Policies on disclosure for board members and executive administrators were provided however only some speaking arrangements are required.
Pharmaceutical samples 1 No drug samples are allowed for personal use. The policy does not ensure samples are not given to physicians directly, or that they are dispensed from a pharmacy.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Any faculty employee who recommends or approves the purchase of a Health Care Vendor’s product for TTUHSC or its affiliated hospitals shall not have a consulting relationship with or serve on the Advisory Board of that Health Care Vendor for the 12 month period prior to and after the recommendation or approval of the purchase. 
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry representative visits are permissible but by appointment and in non-patient care areas.
On-campus Education 2 Funding for CME must be approved and coordinated through CE office or the individual designated by each School.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Employees may acept transportation provided it is offered in the presence of the industry representative. Amounts greater $250 a year must be reported. Payments are not permitted for attending an event.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Recipients must be selected without influence from industry.
Medical school curriculum 3 Masters Colloquium curriculum conveniently addresses pharmaceutical marketing, conflicts of interest, and their effects on health care.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The policy is reviewed by Institutional Compliance Working Committee.  Non-compliance is reported to the Dean or Institutional Compliance Officer.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Sanctions are provided where faculty, employees or trainees knowingly violate the policy or attempt to hide the violation.
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)