The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the universitys Schools of the Health Sciences are set to implement a far-reaching conflict-of-interest policy addressing relationships between healthcare professionals and industry.
This policy is aimed at removing the improper influence of commercial interests on patient care and research, while recognizing industrys positive role in advancing the practice of medicine, said Barbara Barnes, associate dean of continuing education at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and an adviser on the policy, in a news release issued by the university.
Included in the nine-page policy are: A ban of industry-provided personal gifts of any value, including food and logoed pens and paper; and a mandatory review of consulting arrangements between staff and faculty with medical-device, pharmaceutical and other medical products companies.
The new policy, which goes into effect Feb. 15, will also greatly limit industry representatives access to the UPMC campus and affiliated medical facilities, tighten regulation of drug- and device-sampling procedures, and more stringently police industry sponsorship of continuing education events. -- by Shawn Rhea
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