AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
B Saint Louis University School of Medicine
City: St. Louis State: MO
Commentary:

This institution supplied AMSA with a newly approved conflict of interest policy after the 2011-2012 submission deadline had passed. The policy was re-evaluated for the 2012-3 by independent analysts but as the institution only submitted policies regarding research COIs, there was no improvement in the domain scores. This policy was evaluated and the overall grade improved from an F to a B.

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



Gifts & Meals 2 Under the policy all gifts are banned, however meals are allowed under certain circumstances.
Consulting relationships 1 While this policy addresses many aspects of conflict of interest issues, it does not specifically address consulting.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 1 Policy does not explicitly address speaking engagements.
Disclosure 2 The policy requires reporting on interactions with industry but does not require public disclosure or specify time intervals for periodic reporting of all potential conflicts.
Pharmaceutical samples 2 Policy does specifically address samples. However, the policy does not mandate AMC approval for sample distribution programs or remove the advantage of marketed brand-name samples by mandating simultanous provision of generic medication samples.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Policy includes formulary and equipment recommendations which specify that decision-makers with a direct conflict of interest with a certain product excuse themselves from the decision making process.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 While industry sales representatives are not completely prevented from entering the medical center, their ability to do so is regulated and circumscribed.
On-campus Education 3 This policy includes many provisions that address the potential conflicts which arise when industry funds on-site educational activities.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 While travel support from industry isn't banned outright, school and departmental approval are required.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 This policy bans the earmarking of funds and establishes school oversight for funding arrangements.
Medical school curriculum 2 The policy calls for a curricula on physician-industry interactions but does not delineate program specifics or the rationale for doing so.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Academic Units and Deans
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Policy indicates that failure to comply will lead to "corrective action."
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)