16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995 #00192

Submission Number:
00192
Commenter:
Sharon Burruss
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
I feel that any company selling contact lenses should have to have a more active verification system...what is wrong with asking for an "APPROVAL" before shipping an FDA controlled medical device to a patient? I am an optometrist and I see too many tricks that these companies pull...faxes come through right after we close, automated phone requests that are inaudible, and more. Furthermore, too many patients come in with problems on their contacts and when I ask how they were able to go so long in between eye examinations when their prescription has been expired for years. Many of these patients laugh and say "You can get CLS online pretty easy"...they all know the 'go-arounds' to get their contacts replaced without a current prescription. I feel if the FTC would require the companies to have a valid prescription ON FILE (don't pharmacies need to do this?) and then if the FTC would audit these companies, the American public would be better served. There is no argument that consumers have a right to purchase their medical devices from any supplier - my concern is the harm that can come from unscrupulous companies who don't have the health of their customers at their top concern...only profit and the bottom 'business' line. Please change the verification process to include POSITIVE ACTIVE verification of prescriptions, and please audit these companies for compliance! Thank you.