Two Senators Urge Federal Trade Commission to Finalize Changes to Contact Lens Rule
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 | Miscellaneous
Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are joining the industry fray over proposed changes to the Contact Lens Rule. The senators sent a letter earlier this week to Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), urging her and the agency to move ahead with finalizing the proposed changes to the agency’s CL regulation, according to a VisionMonday report.
“We commend the FTC for acting to preserve the integrity of the [Fairness to Contact Lens Consumer Act], and urge prompt finalization of the proposed updates to the Contact Lens Rule,” the senators wrote in their letter. (VMail received a copy of the letter.)
As VMail reported, the FTC last fall proposed changes to the 2004 Contact Lens Rule, including a requirement that ECPs obtain signed acknowledgements from each CL patient. The acknowledgement would note the patient had received a copy of their prescription at the completion of the fitting and that the patients understand they are “free to purchase contact lenses from the seller of [their] choice.”
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