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Bausch & Lomb to Pay $135K in Settlement Over Packaging of Eye Drops, Contact Lens Solution

The settlement resolves allegations made in California.

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SAN RAFAEL, CA — A judge in California has ordered Bausch & Lomb Inc. to pay $135,000 as part of a settlement related to packaging of contact lens solution and eye drops.

The consent judgment agreed to by Bausch & Lomb resolves allegations made in a civil enforcement lawsuit filed in Marin County and brought by the district attorneys of Marin, Riverside, and Yolo counties.

The suit alleged that within the past four years, Bausch & Lomb sold in California its PeroxiClear hydrogen peroxide contact lens solution and Alaway antihistamine eye drops in oversized packaging that contained empty and nonfunctional space.

The lawsuit alleged that such packaging constituted false representations to the public by implying that the products filled the entire package.

The three counties will split the civil penalties portion of $126,398 and use the money for further enforcement of consumer protection laws.

Marin County District Attorney Edward S. Berberian said, “My office brings consumer protection actions for deceptive packaging because retail packaging should enable consumers to obtain accurate information about the products they are purchasing and should facilitate value comparisons.  Packaging with nonfunctional slack fill defeats the ability to do so.”

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Bausch & Lomb “was cooperative throughout the investigation and swiftly took measures to eliminate or change any unlawful packaging for the affected products,” according to a press release from Berberian’s office.

The consent judgment is applicable to Bausch & Lomb’s 3-fluid-ounce PeroxiClear product only and the Alaway product as well as private label versions (excluding the Equate-branded version) of the Alaway product.

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It’s Official: Optometrists in this State Can Practice in Retail Settings

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed the legislation.

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Oklahoma’s governor has signed into law a measure allowing optometrists to practice within retail settings such as Walmart stores.

Retailers will be permitted to sell lenses and frames under the new legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt, NewsOK reports.

The legislation is similar to a measure that failed in a statewide vote last year, but it includes some key changes. This version does not allow optometrists to be employees of retailers.

“Our primary concern as eye doctors is protecting Oklahoma’s very high standards for quality of care and patient safety,” said Dr. Selina McGee, president of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, in a statement.

“To preserve those high standards, optometrists need to be operating independently, free of corporate control or interference and governed by a medical board.”

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The law also does not allow retailers have control over any aspect of the eye exam.

The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians stated that the new legislation “will protect Oklahoma’s vision health standards while increasing convenience for consumers.”

Read more at NewsOK

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Optometry College Graduates Its First OD/MBA Student

She wanted a stronger understanding of the business side of optometry.

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When Taylor Phillips graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry on May 10, she became the school’s first dual-degree doctor of optometry/master of business administration graduate, in a partnership with UAB’s Collat School of Business.

UAB’s OD/MBA dual-degree program is intended to give future optometrists a business foundation and education that will help them navigate their future as potential private practices owners and healthcare providers, the school said in a press release.

Phillips, a native of Gilbertown, AL, pursued the OD/MBA path to have a stronger understanding of the business side of optometry. She plans to enter private practice in rural and underserved Choctaw County upon completion of a yearlong residency in Tuscaloosa.

“In school, we learn clinical skills, develop strong patient interactions, understand the management of diseases and care, but we only learn about the top-line business aspects of our future career as optometrists,” Phillips said. “The completion of the OD/MBA program gave me the confidence to enter private practice, and I know it will help me give back to my community in a stronger way.”

Phillips completed her MBA courses in conjunction with her optometry curriculum and with students from other schools on UAB’s campus. Collat offers similar dual-degree paths for dental, medical, public health, engineering and health administration graduates as well.

While Phillips is the first OD/MBA graduate, several other students are currently enrolled in the program.

“The UAB MBA prepares professionals to lead and manage a business enterprise in today’s dynamic marketplace,” said Eric P. Jack, dean of the Collat School of Business.

“Research shows the MBA has been one of the most effective educational programs for changing the world by enabling leaders to build strong, high-performing organizations and by leveraging the power of markets. We’re proud of this novel collaboration between the School of Optometry and the Collat School of Business.”

Prospective students who are interested in learning more about the dual-degree paths offered through Collat School of Business can learn more here.

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8-Location Eyecare Practice Closes Its Doors

It had operated since 1959.

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Union Eye Care, an eight-location practice in Northeast Ohio, has closed its doors.

WOIO-TV in Cleveland reports that employees received an email on May 7 stating:

“The Board of Trustees made the decision that Union Eye Care Inc. will be filing for bankruptcy. We will be closing all eight stores, our terminal optical lab and headquarters permanently effective Wednesday May 8, 2019.”

The business opened in 1959.

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Its website lists locations in Akron, Brunswick, Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Garfield Heights, Mentor, North Olmsted and Parma.

WOIO reports that it was unable to reach Union Eye Care representatives by phone or email.

Read more at WOIO-TV

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