16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Many times over the last several years, I have had patients come in with contacts that they got online for multiple years with no examination. Faxes come in at random hours, usually evening hours. Having only 8 hours to respond to a medical device is not realistic. Well, maybe it would be if I received verification requests during normal business hours. Additionally, phone verifications that take over 60 seconds to even mention a patients name is also rediculous. With EMR, I can have a chart pulled up fast IF a name was mentioned before address and Rx details finished. Recently I have also been receiving faxes from 1800 contacts requesting Rx updates without it being generated by a patient. Due to the ease of obtaining these medical devices, patients do not realize that harm may come to them without proper periodic evaluations-even though in NJ a note must accompany the rx stating this. I would love to see contact lens prescriptions treated like medications. Requiring a quantity # to be included and the ORIGINAL Rx kept on file by the dispenser filling it. If I am already handing patients a prescription, I shouldn't have to verify Rxs so frequently!