Group Rates Florida Medical Schools' Ties to Pharmaceutical Firms

Publication: Miami Herald

Author: John Dorschner

06/16/2009 - The University of Florida medical school received an F and the University of Miami a B on a scorecard designed to measure ethical policies concerning professors' relationship with the pharmaceutical industry, the Pew Prescription Project announced Tuesday.

The Gainesville school received the grade because it refused to provide information to the 2009 American Medical Student Association PharmFree Scorecard.

Nova Southeastern's College of Osteopathic Medicine got a D, Florida State a B and the University of South Florida a C on the AMSA PharmFree Scorecard.

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The Scorecard report – available at – includes categories measuring policies for gifts and meals from industry to doctors, paid promotional speaking for industry, acceptance of free drug samples, interaction with sales representatives and industry-funded education.

Read the full article Group Rates Florida Medical Schools' Ties to Pharmaceutical Firms on the Miami Herald's Web site.

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