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USF medical school gets C in rating of drug conflicts

The University of South Florida got a relatively low grade — a C — compared to other schools in the state for its conflict-of-interest policies on a national scorecard released this week.

The PharmFree Scorecard, released by the American Medical Student Association, measures 11 areas including schools' policies about revealing doctors' financial ties to drug companies and whether they accept free drug samples.

The University of Miami was the only Florida medical school in the state to receive an A.

The University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Central Florida each received a B rating.

Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in Broward County got a C.

Florida International University's medical school, now in its second year, was not ranked.

The scorecard is developed with the help of the Pew Prescription Project, a nonprofit watchdog group.

This scoring focuses on conflict-of-interest policies directly related to industry marketing and education, the AMSA website says.

Details of the scoring can be found at amsascorecard.org.

Information from the Miami Herald was used in this report.

USF medical school gets C in rating of drug conflicts 12/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 10:22pm]
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