Summary: University of California San Diego
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Summary of University of California Health Care Vendor Relations Policy
Effective July 1, 2008.
The University of California has implemented this policy as a result of recent research
that has shown that certain health care vendor activities, such as provision of gifts, even
of nominal value, may affect provider behavior and give the appearance of favoritism. In
addition, gifts from vendors may violate federal Anti-Kickback Statute and similar
California law. This policy is intended to reduce the influence of health care vendors on
decisions made by University of California health care professionals.
Applicability: The policy applies to Health Care Individuals who are defined as "those
members of the UC community who work, train or are students at health care locations or
in health professional schools." A Health Care Vendor is "a company or its representative
or agent of a company that either produces or markets drugs, devices, nutritional products
or other medical products or services".
Summary of Policy:
1. Gifts from Health Care Vendors to a Health Care Individual are prohibited. This
includes free or discounted items, medical samples for personal use, food, or
travel when the Health Care Individual is not providing a service of similar or
greater value to the Health Care Vendor. For example: pens, notepads, free