This week, ASCRS participated in a day-long workshop, “The Contact Lens Rule and the Evolving Contact Lens Marketplace,” held by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine the contact lens marketplace and proposed changes to the FTC Contact Lens Rule. Last year, the FTC proposed to amend the Contact Lens Rule by requiring prescribers to obtain a patient’s signed acknowledgment that they received a copy of his or her prescription. Additionally, the FTC would require the prescriber to maintain the patient signed acknowledgment for three years.
ASCRS strongly opposed this change when the proposed rule was released and will submit further comments expressing that the changes are an unnecessary burden that will have significant cost implications on prescribers, as well as patients, and the unintended impact of reducing time spent on patient care.
We will keep you updated.