FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule #2820

Submission Number:
2820
Commenter:
Deborah Siegall
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State:
New York
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FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
I am opposed to the proposed changes to the contact lens rule! The proposed rule presents an undue burden on the practioners, while allowing online retailers added opportunities to skirt the laws. Unfortunately, for too long, too many online retailers were unscrupulously selling contact lenses to patients without valid prescriptions, whether the patient was never fit with the specific lens, or if the prescription was expired or invalid. Many patients were harmed by this, with inflammation and infection being the primary issues. Practioners are more concerned with the health of their patients than the profit from the product. Unfortunately, the retailers are able to sell lenses to anyone who enters an invalid office phone number. If the retailer doesn't hear from the practitioner, they can ASSUME the prescription is valid. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE! Please place the onus on prescription verification on the retailers, not on the practitioners!! Pharmacies can not dispense medication without verifying the accuracy of the prescription and contact lens retailers should not be able to either!