Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016 introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives
On Thursday September 22, Representatives Pete Olson (R-Texas) and Kathy Castor (D-Fl.) introduced the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016 in the House of Representatives—companion legislation to the bill introduced by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.)—marking a significant achievement for patient health and safety advocates.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (JJVCI) applauds the Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety, whose members include the American Optometric Association (AOA) and a range of other manufacturers and medical organizations, for their ongoing advocacy efforts that led to the bill’s introduction, as well as a growing number of supporters on Capitol Hill. Similar to its Senate companion, Representatives Olson and Castor’s legislation would make important clarifications to the existing process by which contact lens prescriptions are verified, ensuring patients can safely and efficiently access their lenses.
JJVCI looks forward to continuing its support of efforts aimed at improving patients’ health and safety, as well as choice and competition in the marketplace.
Learn more about the House version of the Contact Lens Consumer Health Protection Act of 2016 in the press release from the Coalition for Patient Vision Care Safety, and add your voice in support of the bill, now.
Each month, members of JJVCI’s leadership – including JJVCI President, Peter Menziuso, ODs Dr. Millicent Knight and Dr. Carol Alexander, and others – offer timely legislative updates, stories from the field, and their perspective on current opportunities and challenges within the vision care profession.
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