ASCRS, along with the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), met with Federal Trade Commissioner (FTC) Rohit Chopra earlier this week to discuss our concerns with the agency’s proposed modifications to the Contact Lens Rule that will pose unnecessary burdens on physician practices. Specifically, the FTC is proposing modifications to the Contact Lens Rule that would require prescribers to obtain, and retain for three years, a patient’s acknowledgment that the patient received a copy of his or her contact lens prescription, also referred to as “Confirmation of Prescription Release.” During the meeting, we expressed disappointment that the FTC is basing compliance of the Contact Lens Rule on surveys sponsored by stakeholders with financial interest in the sale of contact lenses. We maintained that no independent third-party evidence has been presented to assert that prescribers routinely fail to provide patients with their contact lens prescriptions.
As a reminder, ASCRS submitted comments on the proposed rule in July. We will continue to advocate that the FTC ensure policies that promote patient safety and do not increase regulatory burdens. We will keep you updated.