AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A University of Iowa Health Care
City: Iowa City State: IA

Summary: University of Iowa submits a very strong policy. The banning of gifts and samples, along with a good curriculum regarding conflicts of interest demonstrates the commitment of this institution to creating an atmosphere of ethical care. The institution also now bans all compensation for faculty to attend off-site educational events. One domain which could be strengthened is disclosure, by requiring all faculty, not just those working more than half-time to disclose.

Demographics: On average students 90% of their training at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics to which the submitted policies apply.

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

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

Gifts & Meals 3 This policy bans all gifts and meals to staff, faculty and trainees, both on and off site. 
Consulting relationships 3 The policy requires that all consulting relationships be described in a formal contract that will assure all payments are commensurate with services rendered, and must be submitted to superiors prior to starting for review.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 The policy prohibits the faculty from participating in industry marketing events, but allows for speaking at industry educational events. These speaking arrangements are treated as consulting and require that the speaker be in control of the material.
Disclosure 3 The policy requires public disclosure by all full-time faculty and staff but no disclosure is required from any part-time (<50%) faculty or staff. Quarterly External Relationships Disclosure Forms are publicly accessible online.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 All samples are banned from the academic medical center.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Individuals with conflicts are forbidden from participating in P&T committee discussions or decisions.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Sales representatives are limited to pre-scheduled meetings with staff, and only in non-patient care areas. 
On-campus Education 2 All compensation for off-site educational events are prohibited.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 The policy clearly prohibits the receipt of payment for attendance at off-site industry funded events (educational or otherwise) and prohibits industry payment for any travel.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 The policy clearly prevents industry from being involved in the process of choosing scholarship recipients.
Medical school curriculum 3 The curriculum presents a mixture of observational research and bioethics to discuss the effects of industry marketing on healthcare.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes The policy's administration and oversight is conducted by the Conflict of Interest Office.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes The policy states that there are sanctions of non-compliance.
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)