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O.D. Notebook: FTC Approves Final Contact Lens Rule

FTC Approves Final Contact Lens Rule
            The Federal Trade Commission announced the approval of a final rule amending the agency’s Contact Lens Rule. According to the agency’s announcement, the approved rule:
            • requires prescribers to automatically provide a copy of a patient’s prescription to the patient and to verify or provide prescriptions to third-party sellers; 
            • adds a new definition of the term “provide to the patient a copy,” which will allow the prescriber—with the patient’s verifiable consent—to provide the patient with a digital copy of her prescription instead of a paper copy;
            • requires prescribers to provide patients or their designated agents with an additional copy of their prescriptions on request within 40 business hours;
            • adds requirements for sellers who use automated telephone messages for verification; and
            • includes modifications designed to reduce illegal prescription alterations by sellers.
            The Rule changes go into effect 60 days after publication in the Federal Register notice. To view the full FTC announcement, visit bit.ly/RevisedCLRule.

Association News
  • The Global Myopia Awareness Coalition has announced a campaign during which it is working with influential online gamers and with parents to raise awareness about myopia in children by encouraging them to discuss the importance of getting away from screens and playing outside. To follow along with the campaign, search #GameOverMyopia on social media.
Company News
  • CooperVision has launched a virtual exhibit booth at www.CooperVisionBooth.com that features a 3D rendering of CooperVision’s actual exhibit, multimedia materials and gives visitors the opportunity to learn how the company is supporting eye care professionals and their practices during these unprecedented times; explore the Biofinity toric multifocal; dive into information on the Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program; learn more about the recent expansion of prescription options for the clariti 1 day toric; get to know CooperVision’s 2020 Best Practices honorees; and discover the breadth of CooperVision’s commitment to sustainability, the company says. CooperVision plans to update the virtual exhibit booth with new information and materials as they are developed. In other news, Simon Seshadri has been named senior vice president, Global Marketing, effective immediately. He succeeds Guy Whittaker, who earlier this year was promoted to senior vice president, Global Strategy and Lifecycle Management.
  • ImprimisRx, an ophthalmic-focused outsourcing facility and pharmaceutical compounding business, hasannounced its Klarity-C preservative-free formulation (0.1% cyclosporine emulsion) may now be prescribed by Florida optometrists, as a result of the Florida Board of Optometry’s recent additions to its Formulary of Topical Ocular Pharmaceutical Agents.  
  • Valley Contax recently created a professional services team to support the company’s rapidly expanding network of eye care professionals. This team: Jennifer Conklin, education coordinator and marketing project manager; Kelsey Roberts, head of clinical resources, consultation and training; and Charli Rae Edmunds, who will be overseeing product and partner development. Visit valleycontax.com.
Event News 
  • Optometric Managementwith the sponsorships of Cognivue, Fitlight, MacuHealth and RightEye, is presenting thevirtual conference “Surviving COVID-19: The Road to Recovery,” taking place June 30th, 2020, 8:00pm EST. Topics will include operating amid social distancing needs, outfitting staff and patients with appropriate safety protocols and leveraging virtual and online components to maintain or increase business. For more information, visit https://www.visioncareprofessional.com/emails/om/139/index3.html
Non-Profit News
  • The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) has announced the recipients of the 2020 Special Recognition Awards: Janice Scharre, Lifetime Achievement Award winner; Erik Mothersbaugh, O.D., M.P.H., ASCO Rising Star Award (sponsored by Oculus); and Ryan Yuan, ASCO Student Award in Clinical Ethics.
  • The Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE) has decided to extend the temporary rules modification from the end of June to Dec. 31, 2020 to allow COPE administrators and providers to present CE through an Interactive Online format and give COPE CE credit, due to continued state restrictions and CDC guidelines related to COVID-19.
  • The Vision Council’s first quarter 2020 market research reports are now available for download. These reports: Consumer Barometer Report; Over-the-Counter Readers Index Report; Plano Sunglasses Index Report; Up to $30 Plano Sunglasses Index Report; VisionWatch Report Card; Market Analysis Report; Vision Care Market Quarterly Overview; and the Canada Market Overview. Visit https://www.thevisioncouncil.org.  
Publications
  • Dougmar Publishing Group has published Scleral Lens Issues and Complications: Their Recognition, Etiology, and Management, by Daddi Fadel, DOptom. The 350-page book talks about all the issues and complications that may occur during scleral lens fitting and provides management guidelines. The book will be available for order on July 1. Visit https://sclerallensbook.com
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