"One of the nation’s largest contact lens retail companies filed complaints Monday against hundreds of Arizona optometrists for allegedly failing to turn over patients’ prescriptions so they can sell them lenses," according to a Casa Grande Dispatch post. "Draper, Utah-based 1-800 Contacts filed 3,200 complaints with the state Board of Optometry, asking the board to censure or fine the optometrists or suspend or revoke their licenses. The complaints mark a new tack by the discount contact lens supplier in an ongoing battle with contact lens manufacturers and retailers over pricing.
The company alleges the optometrists failed to follow federal and state laws requiring them to provide prescriptions to a patient’s designated representative upon request. Stacey Meier, president of the state optometric association, said his members know and follow the law and that there’s no requirement that optometrists respond if the prescription is valid. He said 1-800-Contacts can fill a prescription if they don’t hear back within eight business hours under 'passive verification' rules." Read more.