Those crazy kids are at it again.
Another med school is about to implement a policy to limit drug reps at the urging of some of its students. This time, it's the University of Toledo, which plans to....
â€¢ Ban all gifts, including pens and lunches; â€¢ Make sure a faculty member is present while drug rep talks with students; â€¢ Limit companies to giving unrestricted grants, which could be used for lunches; â€¢ Teach students and residents more about dealing with reps and assessing clinical trials; â€¢ Have reps register with the medical center and take a two-hour class on relations with students and residents.
"You have to constantly be considering what youâ€™re doing to make sure everything you do is always in the best interest of your patients,â€ fourth-year student Mary LaSalvia (pictured) tells The Toledo Blade. You have to constantly be considering what youâ€™re doing to make sure everything you do is always in the best interest of your patients."
The move comes shortly after the American Medical Student Association released its first-ever scorecard of med schools to see which ones meet the groupâ€™s standards for keeping a healthy distance from big pharmaâ€™s sales reps. The ranking is based on school policies. A poor grade prompted UCLA's med school to promote its own plan to institute tougher rules.
Of course, there could be retaliation. Jeff Gold, dean of UTâ€™s College of Medicine, says drugmakers could decide to not award research grants to UT because of the policy, although he labels that a small concern because they need such expertise to develop products.
John Billi, associate vice president for medical affairs at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, one of only a handful of schools to receive an 'A' from the AMSA, says drugmakers aren't likely to pull research funding. â€œThese companies arenâ€™t stupid or spiteful.â€