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Heidi Heitkamp Congressional Letter to the FTC

Senator Heidi Heitkamp sent a letter to the FTC raising concerns about online contact lens distributors not requiring customers to have a valid prescription. Senator Heitkamp outlines several of the dangers of this activity. The full text of the letter is below, and can be viewed here as well.

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John Hoeven Congressional Letter to the FTC

Senator John Hoeven wrote a letter to the FTC voicing his concerns that the proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule would unfairly burden small optometry practices in his home state and urging the commission to reconsider the rule. The full text of the letter is below, and can be viewed here as well.

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David Perdue Congressional Letter to the FTC

Senator David Perdue wrote a letter to the FTC urging that they reconsider their proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule that would unnecessarily hinder small optometry practices across the country. The full text of the letter is below, and can be viewed here as well.  

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National Consumers League Recommends Rule Change

The Executive Director of the National Consumers League wrote a letter to the FTC, recommending that the agency requires all contact lens prescribers to post a sign in their offices noting that patients have a right to a copy of their contact lens prescription immediately after their fitting. The full text of the letter can be viewed here.

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Rand Paul Congressional Letter to the FTC

Senator Rand Paul wrote a letter to the FTC voicing his concerns with the proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule and the unfair burden that would be placed on small optometry practices. The full text of the letter is below, and the letter can be viewed here. 

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Raising Questions with the FTC

Former FTC Commissioner Andrew J. Strenio sent a letter to the current FTC administration questioning inconsistencies in methodology regarding an "investigation" of California signage requirement compliance.  The full text of the letter is below, and the full letter can be viewed here. 

 

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Lance-Rush Congressional Letter to the FTC

Over 50 members of Congress joined Reps. Leonard Lance and Bobby Rush in urging the Federal Trade Commission to reconsider proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule that would unfairly burden small optometry practices. The full text of the letter is below, and can be viewed here. 

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Sightbox Announced as Alliance Member

(ARLINGTON, Va.) - The Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety (Alliance) today announced that Sightbox is the organization’s newest member. Sightbox is an eye health membership service that partners with the patient and the patient’s doctor for an in-person eye health exam, vision test and contact lens fitting, to ensure the medical device is properly fitted, the prescription is verified and submitted by the doctor, and a safe and ample supply of contact lenses is delivered directly to the patient over the following twelve months.

“The Alliance is excited to welcome Sightbox as an associate member,” said Alliance Chair Deanna Alexander, O.D. “Sightbox recognizes the importance of comprehensive eye care and preserving the doctor-patient relationship so our patients continue to receive the highest quality eye care.”

Sightbox joins the Alliance as an associate member. Alliance founding members include leadership member the American Optometric Association, leadership member Johnson & Johnson Vision and associate member CooperVision. VSP joined the Alliance as a leadership member.

“We know that there is no replacement for a qualified eye care professional, and that the best quality eye care can only happen through a strong doctor-patient relationship,” said Travis Rush, CEO of Sightbox. “That is why we are proud to join the Alliance in helping to ensure that nothing gets in the way of high-quality eye care for patients.”

The Alliance 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. For more information, please visit www.PatientSafetyToday.com

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Texas AG Secures Action Against Unlawful Retailers

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton secured action from 37 retailers who were selling unlawful and potentially dangerous contact lenses in Texas. The businesses have made refunds available to affected people and will pay more than $140,000 in civil penalties and attorneys’ fees to the state of Texas. The AG’s Consumer Protection Division recommends that patients “always visit a licensed optometrist…for proper fitting of contact lenses.”

An investigation in March 2016 by the AG's office began after the San Antonio Police Department discovered over 20 retailers selling contact lenses without requiring prescriptions. Following information stemming from this investigation, the attorney general's office was able to find further rulebreaking from contact lens distributors, located primarily in San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. 

Read the full press release on the Texas Attorney General website. You can also find the full list of the 37 targeted store owners and wholesale distribution companies here.


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Congressional Letter to the FTC on Contact Lens Rule

54 members of Congress sent a letter to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, voicing concerns about the failures to protect patient health and safety under proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. The full text of the letter is below, and the letter can be viewed here. 

 

 

 

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