FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule #3252

Submission Number:
3252
Commenter:
Taryn Doherty
State:
Illinois
Initiative Name:
FTC 16 CFR Part 315 Public Workshop Examining Contact Lens Marketplace And Analyzing Proposed Changes To The Contact Lens Rule
Dear FTC Commissioners: I am a 4th year optometry student at Illinois College of Optometry. After 4 years of learning to provide essential frontline eye health and vision care in Chicago, I will be traveling back to my home community in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago to my family's practice. My passion to provide excellent and ethical care to my patients doesn't only stem from my 4 years of post graduate education, but from my father who has been providing excellent eye care to my hometown since the 1980's. During my schooling, I have only worked with doctors who have been upfront with their patients about prescriptions and the access and availability that patients have to their prescriptions as they become finalized. There is no justification for targeting eye doctors-optometrists and ophthalmologists-and our patients with new paperwork and document storage requirements as your misguided Contact Lens Rule proposal would do, while the Commission allows retailers who blatantly violate the law to operate unchecked. Your agency's own complaint data confirms that doctors comply with the law, a finding that Members of Congress have specifically recognized in Congressional hearings with FTC officials and further affirmed on March 23rd through passage of 2018 government funding legislation (Public Law 115- 141) and the following report directive: Contact Lenses-The [Senate Appropriations] Committee is disappointed in the FTC's decision not to include the proposed patient safety improvements related to the prescription verification process in its draft contact lens rule and instead impose new paperwork requirements on patients and doctors that are unnecessarily burdensome. The Committee directs the FTC to prioritize patient safety and consider enforcement mechanisms under its existing authority or revisions to the draft rule that address sales of excessive quantities of lenses, illegal substitutions, and communication challenges associated with prescription verification, including robo-calls. The Committee further directs the FTC to continue to confer and consult with other Federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, to optimize its enforcement and consumer education activities. There are many voices purportedly paying consultants to voice unfounded claims about why you should continue with the proposed rule. I urge you to listen to the nation's eye doctors and other public health experts in recognizing contact lenses as a medical device and by joining with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in making quality care and patient health and safety a priority in Washington, DC. Sincerely, Taryn Doherty Future optometrist