The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety

The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (APS) was founded in 2018 to advocate for patient safety and to protect and defend the doctor-patient relationship – the essential foundation of personalized health care decision making.

 

Our members come together from across the country to raise awareness and protect public health. Advancing policy and collaboration between leading health care advocates, vision innovators, and treatment specialists is essential to push patient care and vision protection forward.

 

APS evolves around five main principles:

  • Support and advocate for the center of every health care decision: the doctor-patient relationship and ensure the delivery of quality care and healthy outcomes.
  • Support and advocate for the safest, healthiest and most effective use of medical devices while promoting the advancements in technology to create better patient health outcomes.
  • Support and advocate for the inviolability of a patient's prescription, determined through consultation between a patient and his or her doctor.
  • Support and advocate for needed enforcement and/or needed strengthening of patient health and safety laws and regulations.
  • Educate and inform policymakers, the media and the public about the importance of doctor-patient decision-making and respond to dangerous, abusive or harmful medical device marketing practices that undermine quality care or place patients at increased risk for harm.

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    FTC Penalizes Online Sellers For Violating Contact Lens Rule

    (ARLINGTON, Va.) – The Healthcare Alliance for Patient Safety (Alliance) today released a statement following yesterday’s announcement from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that online retailers were in violation of the FTC’s Contact Lens Rule (Rule), resulting in a $60,000 fine and barring the sites from selling contact lenses in the future.

    HollywoodColorContacts.com, WorldColorContacts.com and TopModelContacts.com, and their seller, Lawrence L. Duskin, were charged with providing contact lenses to consumers without obtaining the required prescription, failing to verify the prescription information, and failing to keep the records required by the Rule.

    The full statement from the FTC, which was released yesterday, December 6, 2018, can be found here.

    In response, Dr. Deanna Alexander, O.D., F.A.A.O., chairwoman of the Alliance, issued the following statement:

    “The Alliance commends the Federal Trade Commission for taking action to ban these online retailers who were in clear violation of the Contact Lens Rule and putting patients in serious danger. The Alliance, its members, patients and patient advocates have continually communicated that violations of the Rule occur and steps need to be taken to better protect patients. Today, we applaud the FTC for their attention and action to keep patients safe.”

    Read the full document here

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    Rep. Roe Letter to the FTC

    Rep. David P. Roe, M.D. sent a letter to the FTC, asking it to reconsider proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule that would impose burdens on doctors of optometry while not stopping illegal sales of contact lenses by online retailers. Read the letter here.

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American Optometric Association
Johnson & Johnson Vision
VSP

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