16 CFR Part 315; Agency Information Collection Activities: Review; Comment Request; Contact Lens Rule: FTC Project No. R511995
As a matter of public health, the abusive nature of mail order contact lens companies substituting contact lenses for what is written in the prescription to further their own revenues should be a major concern to the FTC. Since the verification process allows loopholes, these companies are faxing and robocalling the doctors after hours when the 8 hour time limit is not expected to be reached. They then fill expired prescriptions or substitute what they feel are "comparable" lenses. A pharmacist must receive communication from the doctor in order to substitute a drug, so should be the same with a designated "medical device" contact lens. Patients are suffering from abuse of this policy with increased eye health risk due to poorly fitting lenses. Change this verification system to an active one versus a passive one and these health risks should be lessened.