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Contact Lens Prescription Verification Methods: FTC Not Qualified To Judge

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

The Federal Trade Commission does not have the requisite expertise to conduct a study of the U.S. contact lens market that would be required under a bill being considered in the House, FTC says

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Noncorrective contact lenses: House-passed bill (HR 2218) would provide for the regulation of all contact lenses - including noncorrective plano products - as medical devices. Introduced by John Boozman (R-Ark.) in May, the legislation passed the House Nov. 19 in a voice vote, following referral to the Energy & Commerce Committee before Congress' August recess (1"The Gray Sheet" Aug. 25, 2003, p. 8). A Senate companion (S 1747) sponsored by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) was referred to the HELP Committee in October...

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Noncorrective contact lenses: House-passed bill (HR 2218) would provide for the regulation of all contact lenses - including noncorrective plano products - as medical devices. Introduced by John Boozman (R-Ark.) in May, the legislation passed the House Nov. 19 in a voice vote, following referral to the Energy & Commerce Committee before Congress' August recess (1"The Gray Sheet" Aug. 25, 2003, p. 8). A Senate companion (S 1747) sponsored by Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) was referred to the HELP Committee in October...

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