The Association of American Medical Colleges released a set of recommendations this week urging its 129 North American member medical schools to ban all industry gifts to faculty, staff and students, as well as to prohibit ghostwriting arrangements and industry-funded meals and travel.
The recommendations, the result of a two-year task force process on industry funding of medical education, align closely with those of the Prescription Project.
“Most medical schools do not have strong conflict-of-interest policies,” RxP director Rob Restuccia told the New York Times, “and this report will change that.”
Read the Times editorial here, which calls for the policies to be immediately adopted and in some cases, strengthened.
For medical schools writing or revising conflict-of-interest policies, the Prescription Project has developed toolkits describing best practices and practical considerations. Check them out at the RxP website.