Imagine that you are the vice president of operations overseeing the inpatient pharmacy in a large academic medical center. You have several vendors for which you have historically permitted hospital sponsored access to pharmacists and physicians. Many of your pharmacists and providers have friendly relationships with physicians throughout the hospital.
Today, your pharmacy manager informed you that one vendor approached her with free tickets to an upcoming professional baseball game. In return, he asks that she convince you to change the vendor schedule to provide him a more convenient day and time for him to present to physicians and pharmacists.
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How would you approach this situation and what specifically would you do? Are there legal implications present, such as with the Physician Payments Sunshine Act (PPSA)? This federal act requires disclosure of any reimbursement or items of value received by clinicians or their employer from a vendor. Demonstrate consideration for both the ethical and legal in decision-making.