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National Spotlight: UMHS one of First to be "PharmFree"
The University of Michigan Health System was one of the first medical institutions in the country to restrict the interactions between medical staff and representatives of companies that make or sell medications, medical devices or other products.
Now, UMHS has been recognized for that leadership by the American Medical Student Association. In its first ever scorecard of medical schools and their affiliated medical centers, AMSA gave only five institutions a grade of "A" –- and one of them is UMHS.
An institution's PharmFree policies are indicative of the ethical, professional and practical foundation in medical education it can offer. A grade of "A" on AMSA's scorecard means that a medical school has a comprehensive policy restricting pharmaceutical company representatives' access to both the medical school and medical center.