16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
Passive verification does not work. Internet distributors in general (1 800 contact specifically) blatantly disregard the rule. They fill prescriptions that are expired (I just saw a patient who has not had an eye exam in two and a half years. Sleeps in his contacts up to a month at a time, and some how was able to reorder on an expired prescription). They fill prescriptions for lens patient were not prescribed. I had one patient who slept in his contact lenses and was prescribed a lens FDA approved to do so. 1 800 substituted another lens not approved to sleep in. This resulted in corneal edema. They change prescriptions. Patients are able to use any fax number. I have received prescription verification for patients I have never seen. I have had patients have their expired prescription filled for years after their doctor retired, moved or changed numbers because there was no reply to the passive verification. I have had patients able to fill their prescription up to four years past the expiration. Patients are able to purchase multi-years worth of contact lenses even though the prescription clearly states expires in one year. What other FDA regulated product is this allowed to happen with? Doctors and pharmacists are licensed by their state and tightly regulated. Internet distributors apparently have no regulator agent that police's them. They seem to do what ever is in the best interest of their profits irregardless of federal and state regulations.