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The Vision Council launches online regulatory monitoring service for optical industry
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The Vision Council launches online regulatory monitoring service for optical industry

Digital platform will provide real-time updates of teleoptometry regulation and legislation across all 50 states and DC.
Regeneron faces DOJ complaint in alleged Medicare overcharge of Eylea
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Regeneron faces DOJ complaint in alleged Medicare overcharge of Eylea

The U.S. government alleges the company knowingly submitted false average sales prices and, as a result, inflated reimbursements rates.
Florida ODs kill yet another not-a-doctor bill
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Florida ODs kill yet another not-a-doctor bill

Just 9 months after the governor’s veto of S.B. 230, legislators failed to continue the state’s ongoing ‘eyeball wars.’
AAO weighs in on Congress passing Medicare Physician Payment adjustment
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AAO weighs in on Congress passing Medicare Physician Payment adjustment

Partial funding bill softens the original conversion factor decrease of 3.37% that took effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
South Dakota governor signs optometric scope of expansion bill
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South Dakota governor signs optometric scope of expansion bill

Legislation permits ODs to perform certain advanced procedures; resolves IPL dispute.
FTC sends claim forms in LasikPlus provider settlement to consumers
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FTC sends claim forms in LasikPlus provider settlement to consumers

Eligible consumers include those who were tricked by deceptive ‘bait-and-switch’ advertising for LASIK procedures.
InMode investors asked to join class action lawsuit
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InMode investors asked to join class action lawsuit

Filed lawsuit alleges the company and certain executives were in violation of FDA regulations, among other accusations.
Bill seeks to improve medical device access for visually impaired
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Bill seeks to improve medical device access for visually impaired

Introduced last month, bipartisan legislation proposes new federal standards for manufacturers of FDA-cleared devices. 
California legislators kill OD bill seeking increased scope of practice (again)
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California legislators kill OD bill seeking increased scope of practice (again)

Legislation would have enabled optometrists to perform advanced procedures.
AOA town hall addresses vision plan policy concerns and future advocacy initiatives
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AOA town hall addresses vision plan policy concerns and future advocacy initiatives

Virtual forum reveals ECPs' opinions on vision plan reforms as well as state and federal legislative updates.
Proposed Utah bill could restrict contact lens prescribing
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Proposed Utah bill could restrict contact lens prescribing

Legislation would amend current contact lens retail statute and potentially prevent specialty contact lens wearers from receiving their lenses.
Regeneron wins Eylea patent case
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Regeneron wins Eylea patent case

Company sued Viatris over patent infringement of a proposed biosimilar in 2022.
FDA inspection of Regener-Eyes manufacturing facility unveils significant violations
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FDA inspection of Regener-Eyes manufacturing facility unveils significant violations

New report details 15 citations for the manufacturer of Regener-Eyes Ophthalmic Solution; company responds with compliance update.
DC bill seeks to add controlled substances to OD scope of practice
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DC bill seeks to add controlled substances to OD scope of practice

A public hearing is scheduled for next week to discuss expanding one of the most restrictive legislations in the country.
Regeneron files lawsuit against potential Eylea biosimilar
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Regeneron files lawsuit against potential Eylea biosimilar

Company alleges Celltrion’s CT-P42 biosimilar poses a direct threat to its patented technology. 
Lawsuit filed against VSP alleging optometric market power abuse
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Lawsuit filed against VSP alleging optometric market power abuse

San Diego-based Total Vision is suing VSP for engaging in unfair competition, attempted monopolization, and coercive practices.
Illinois passes vision plan protection legislation
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Illinois passes vision plan protection legislation

Bill follows the May 2023 passing of Georgia legislation targeting a loophole that allowed for vision care discounts on non-covered services.
U.S. House Committee to investigate FTC regulation of vision insurance market
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U.S. House Committee to investigate FTC regulation of vision insurance market

In a letter to the FTC, a federal panel voices concerns regarding oversight of industry consolidation and vertical integration.
New Hampshire laws allows ODs to administer vaccines
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New Hampshire laws allows ODs to administer vaccines

Effective Oct. 3, three vaccines can be available at optometric practices.
Prevent Blindness launches online advocacy resource
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Prevent Blindness launches online advocacy resource

Website and legislation action center supports the nonprofit’s quest to educate the public on eye and vision health.