House committee requests delay of Contact Lens Rule
The House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations requested that the Federal Trade Commission delay the effective date for the Contact Lens Rule until March 31, 2021.
In a report on appropriations for Financial Services and General Government for fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2021, the committee stated that it, “is disappointed that the FTC’s final amendments to the Contact Lens Rule do not sufficiently address the patient safety concerns the committee has repeatedly outlined in report language for the past 4 years. The rule fails to sufficiently modernize the prescription verification process by eliminating the use of robocalls and imposes new burdensome paperwork requirements on providers and patients.”
Deanna Alexander, OD, chair of the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety, in a press release applauded, “Congress for acting to protect patients by delaying the effective date of the Contact Lens Rule.
“Along with our supporters in both the House and Senate, the Health Care Alliance for Patient Safety will tirelessly advocate for policy that prevents harmful inaccurate contact lens prescriptions from being shipped to patients and onerous regulations being forced upon local doctors,” she said.