Connect with us

Headlines

Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling Counterfeit Contact Lenses

She was importing them from China.

mm

Published

on

A resident of Pensacola, FL, has pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit contact lenses.

Son Chu Gilliam, 51, admitted to misdemeanor charges of receipt of adulterated and misbranded devices, as well as sale of prescription devices without a prescription. Lawrence Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced the guilty plea.

Gilliam’s sentencing hearing is currently set for Sept. 10.

In May 2015, law enforcement seized about 600 counterfeit contact lenses that were being imported from China by Gilliam to her business, All about Ink, a tattoo shop in Pensacola, according to the announcement.

A number of the contact lenses seized were tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and determined to contain microbial contamination. The FDA determined that the types of bacteria found in the contact lenses can be hazardous.

Between July and October 2015, law enforcement made undercover purchases of contact lenses from Gilliam and others working for her at All about Ink. A federal search warrant was then executed at All about Ink, and about 200 pairs of contact lenses were seized.

Advertisement

“American consumers rely on FDA oversight to ensure the safety of their medical devices, including contact lenses. Selling counterfeit contact lenses without a valid prescription puts patients’ health – and their vision – at risk,” said H. Peter Kuehl, acting special agent in charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Miami Field Office. “The FDA is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to keep such products out of the U.S. marketplace.”

Gilliam “was selling substandard, dangerous counterfeit contact lenses with no regard for the health and safety of consumers,” said HSI Tampa Deputy Special Agent in Charge Kevin D. Sibley.

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

SPONSORED BY Essilor USA

See What Happens When Patients Try Varilux® Lenses for the First Time

Take the first step toward truly satisfying your patients.

Promoted Headlines

Headlines

Burglary at Optometry Office Is Seventh in 2 Months

The front door lock was broken.

mm

Published

on

The burglary of an optometry office in San Diego County, CA, marks the seventh such crime in the region since July.

The latest break-in occurred at an office in Mira Mesa, NBC 7 San Diego reports. The article doesn’t identify the practice, but in an accompanying photo, the sign says “Dr. Satnick.”

Police were called to the scene overnight Wednesday. It wasn’t clear right away how much merchandise was stolen.

The Times of San Diego reports that the front door lock was broken.

Advertisement

Authorities haven’t said whether the burglary might be connected to six other recent incidents, NBC 7 San Diego reports. No arrests have been made.

In August, burglars hit three optometry offices in San Diego County in a three-hour period.

Read more at NBC 7 San Diego

Continue Reading

Headlines

10-Location Eyecare Group Is First to Join Medical Optometry America

The group has 29 optometrists.

mm

Published

on

BLUE BELL, PA, and ASHBURN, VA — Medical Optometry America has signed an agreement with Associates in Eyecare – Optometrists, which will become first group of independent optometric practices to adopt the Medical Optometry America.

Associates in Eyecare – Optometrists has 29 optometrist working in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, areas.

“Many of us have known for some time that medical eye care is the future of our profession” said Robert Allen, OD, who serves as CEO of AIE, “and the state-of-the-art MOA System will allow our practices, and thousands more around the country, to accelerate this necessary advancement.”

Ken Krieg, CEO of Medical Optometry America, said, “MOA will provide independent optometrists the ability to participate in building a brand and practice management system that stands for exceptional medical eye care and inspires consumer confidence and demand for those services. In addition, optometry practices that choose to remain independent will now have viable marketing muscle to stay competitive in a fast-changing market.”

The foundation of the Medical Optometry System “is the creation of an education platform that facilitates the adoption of best practice protocols,” according to a press release.

Allen added, “We’re excited to be the flagship practice for MOA. No doubt the total MOA System will position us for the future and enable us to lead the transformation of our profession.”

Continue Reading

Headlines

Vision Care Company to Add 8 Centers Across US

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas.

mm

Published

on

Treehouse Eyes, a company specializing in myopia care for children, has added 8 location in four states.

The practices are in California, Florida, Michigan and Texas, Healio.com reports.

The company’s original two locations are located in the Washington, DC-area communities of Bethesda and Tysons Corner, according to its website.

Healio.com quoted Gary Gerber, OD, co-founder of the company, saying, “By partnering with carefully vetted practices that meet certain predetermined requirements, we will rapidly accelerate myopia management within those practices and will continue our growth across the country and are currently lining up partners outside the U.S.”

Gerber said 20 more practices will be added to the U.S. network in 2020.

Read more at the Healio.com

Continue Reading

Advertisement

Advertisement

Subscribe


BULLETINS

Get the most important news and business ideas for eyecare professionals every weekday from INVISION.

Advertisement

Most Popular