Prescribing Practices: Eliminating Vendor Visits & Samples in the Outpatient Setting

Enrollment Information:
This enrollment will expire September 30, 2019.
You must complete all course requirements (including claiming CEs) and save/print the completion certificate by September 30, 2019.


In spite of the recommendations of professional associations and enactment of Sunshine Laws, the practice of industry gift-giving continues. The risk manager is in a unique position to instigate change, and should work with the medical staff to ensure that industry-physician relationships are both ethical and legal. Gifts, including branded office supplies and sample medications, should not be accepted, and pharmaceutical vendors should not be allowed to personally deliver marketing information to physicians or staff. Elimination of samples is the most difficult practice to stop, however, the savvy risk manager can work with staff to promote patient safety and reduce patient costs.


Learning Objectives:
By the end of this self-study you should be able to:

  • Define the scope of the problem-pharmaceutical marketing and influence on prescribing practices
  • Identify barriers faced by the risk manager in affecting current practice
  • Develop a plan to overcome barriers


Level of Learning:


Domain of Practice:
Clinical/Patient Safety


Lynne Marie Evans RN, MSN, CPHRM


Criteria for Successful Completion:
To receive continuing nursing education contact hours, participants must achieve 80% on the post-test and complete an evaluation at its conclusion.


Continuing Education:
This program is approved contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and toward CPHRM (Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management) renewal. CE credit may be used toward CPHRM renewal only by those holding the credential at the time of the program.

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour
Passing Score: 80%


Conflict of Interest Statement:
As required by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, we would like to make you aware of all potential conflicts of interest.

This educational activity’s planners and presenters have indicated that they have no bias or conflict of interest.


Commercial Support:
There is no sponsorship for this event.


Date Published:  March 2018
Date to be Reviewed:  Q1 2020
Date of Contact Hour Expiration:  Q4 2019

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ASHRM & ANCC 1 hour January 01, 2019 - December 31, 2019