AMSA Pharm-free Scorecard 2010
A Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
City: Hershey State: PA

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine provides a good policy document which only permits certain educational gifts. Payments for consulting relationships must be of fair market value. The institution also has a model policy for industry-funded speaking in that it explicitly bans such relationships.

This institution did not submit any new or additional policies for the 2012-3 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.  

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

Gifts & Meals 3 All on-site gifts and meals are banned, except anatomical models and charts which are deemed acceptable.
Consulting relationships 3 Consulting relationships must be submitted to department heads and must be paid at fair market value.
Industry-funded speaking relationships 3 The policy discusses in detail the limits on industry-sponsored presentations and explicitly restricts participation in speakers' bureaus.
Disclosure 3 Faculty and certain designated personnel are required to file COI forms annually and explicitly details which outlets disclosure must occur.
Pharmaceutical samples 3 Policy describes the centralization of the sample process and calls for the use of generics where possible.
Purchasing & Formularies 3 Financial conflicts of interest of committee members should be disclosed to institutional COI committee.
Industry Sales Representatives 2 Industry sales representatives are allowed on site by invitation/appointment only, in non-patient care areas.
On-campus Education 2 While policy does allow for support to be provided to a specific department, it does require compliance with ACCME Standards and no quid pro quo.
Attendance at Industry-Sponsored Lectures & Meetings Off-Campus 3 Support to defray costs is acceptable if provided as unrestricted funds to a Department, Division, or Institute. Recipients are not selected by industry. Payments for attendance are not permitted.
Industry Support for Scholarships & Funds for Trainees 3 Scholarship funds are to be directed "to the departments, divisions, or institutes, not to individual faculty, trainees, or students".
Medical school curriculum 3 This institution's curriculum promotes an understanding of industry marketing and its impact on prescribing.
Do the policies specify an oversight mechanism? Yes Institutional COI committee is responsible for oversight.
Are there explicit sanctions for noncompliance? Yes Possible sanctions for noncompliance are outlined.
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)