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To settle FTC charges that its actions violated the antitrust laws, the Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama agreed to stop requiring on-site supervision by licensed dentists of alignment scans of prospective patients’ mouths seeking to address misaligned teeth or gaps between teeth. According to the complaint, the board amended a rule to prohibit dental hygienists and other non-dentist practitioners from performing scans inside a patient’s mouth without on-site dentist supervision. The complaint alleges that the Board unreasonably excluded from competition providers of teledentistry-based teeth alignment products and services, and that it did this without adequate active supervision from neutral state officials, in violation of the FTC Act. On Dec. 21, 2021, the FTC announced the final consent agreement in this matter.
Board of Dental Examiners of Alabama; Analysis of Agreement Containing Consent Order To Aid Public Comment
Alabama Board of Dental Examiners Agrees to Settle FTC Charges that It Unreasonably Excluded Lower Cost Online and Teledentistry Providers from Competition
The Federal Trade Commission issued an administrative complaint alleging that Benco, Henry Schein and Patterson, the nation's three largest dental supply companies, violated U.S. antitrust laws by conspiring to refuse to provide discounts to or otherwise serve buying groups representing dental practitioners. These buying groups sought lower prices for dental supplies and equipment on behalf of solo and small-group dental practices seeking to gain discounts by aggregating and leveraging the collective purchasing power and bargaining skills of the individual practices. The complaint also alleges an FTC Act Section 5 violation against Benco for inviting a fourth competing distributor to join the conspiracy.
FTC Staff Comment to the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners Regarding Proposed Rule Changes to 21 N.C. Admin. Code 16W
Dental Products Distributors Benco Dental Supply Company, Patterson Companies, Inc. Decline to Appeal ALJ Decision, Making that Decision Final
Administrative Law Judge Partially Rules in Favor of FTC’s Complaint that Dental Products Distributors Conspired Not to Provide Discounts to Buying Groups
FTC Staff Comment on New York's proposal to allow licensure by endorsement of Canadian dental licenses
FTC Staff Comment To the Ohio State Senate Regarding the Competitive Effects of SB 330 In Increasing Access To Quality Dental Care, Including Its Provisions For Licensing Dental Therapists
FTC Staff Comment to the Kentucky House of Representatives Regarding House Bill 77, Which Would Recognize and Regulate Denturists
FTC Staff Comment: Kentucky Legislature Should Consider Potential Benefits to Consumers of Enhanced Competition Among Denture Providers
FTC Staff Comment: Proposed Dental Services Measure in Georgia Would Likely Enhance Competition and Increase Access to Care for Consumers
Dental Practice Software Provider Settles FTC Charges It Misled Customers About Encryption of Patient Data
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