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  • Release of AMSA PharmFree Scorecard!

    Tomorrow is the launch of the 2013 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard! Join us in person or via Webcast. This would be a great chapter event!

    April 9, 2013: Launch of the 2013 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard 12-1pm (EST)
    Join National Physicians Alliance & AMSA Online Webcast or Live In-Person
    The AMSA Scorecard: The State of Medical School Conflict-of-Interest Policies and Cultivating a New Era of Effective Change

    Georgetown University Medical Center, Med-Dental Building, Room SW107,
    3900 Reservoir Road, NWSE408, Washington, DC 20057

    Speakers:

    Reshma Ramachandran, PharmFree Fellow
    American Medical Student Association

    Daniel Carlat, MD
    Director of the Pew Prescription Project

    RSVP to attend this live event in-person

    or
    Register to participate in this live online webcast

    This event offered as part of the Partnership to Advance Conflict-free Medical Education. This partnership and related materials were made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program which is funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin. Learn more at www.npalliance.org/conflict-free.

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  • AMSA To Release 2011-2012 PharmFree Scorecard

    On Thursday, March 8, 2012, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will release the 2011-2012 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard, an evaluation of conflict-of-interest policies at all U.S. medical colleges and colleges of osteopathic medicine.

    The AMSA PharmFree Scorecard, now in its fifth year, uses letter grades to assess medical schools’ performances in eleven potential areas of conflict, including 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. AMSA will also be releasing trend data.

    When:
    Thursday, March 8, 2012
    11 am EST/ 8 am PST

    Location:
    Hyatt Regency Houston
    1200 Louisiana Street
    Houston, Texas
    Press must check in at AMSA registration desk

    Toll Free Access Number:
    (559) 726-1000
    Participant Passcode: 161471#

    Webex Login:
    Meeting Number: 570 593 197
    Meeting Password: Web1234
    Log in here.

    The 2011-2012 AMSA PharmFree Scorecard will be updated and posted on http://www.amsascorecard.org on March 8, 2012.

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  • Students Across the Country Call on Medical Schools to Address

    American Medical Student Association Celebrates National PharmFree Week, November 14-18

    AMSA National PharmFree Week (NPFW) is back stronger than ever!

    Launched in 2002, AMSA’s PharmFree Campaign encourages medical schools and academic medical centers to develop policies that encourage evidence-based prescribing and industry partnership for research innovation while reducing the impact of marketing, gifting and conflicts of interest.

    The 2011 NPFW features:

    • Microgrant support for students in Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland and New York to host local projects throughout the week
    • 3 day Pharmaceutical Policy Leadership in Medicine Institute in January to train student leaders on conflict of interest issues
    • Second Slide Campaign to encourage students to advocate for disclosure of conflicts of interest by faculty during their training
    • FDA’s Bad Ad Campaign to encourage healthcare professionals to recognize and report potentially dishonest or misleading drug promotion.
    • PharmFree Scorecard, a first-of-its-kind ranking which evaluates conflict-of-interest policies at medical colleges nationwide (go to www.amsascorecard.org)

    Remember:

    "Our goal is to change the culture of medicine from relying on the convenience of marketing and the luxury of free gifts to a culture which puts patients first by prioritizing evidence-based medicine."

    Tim Anderson

    AMSA PharmFree Campaign Chair
    Fourth year medical student at Case Western Reserve University

    What will YOU be doing for NPFW? Go to http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/Events/NPFW.aspx for more info!

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