Online Retailers Fined By The FTC After Selling Illegal Contact Lenses

Posted on November 29, 2011

According to several news outlets, the Federal Trade Commission has issued a statement announcing the settlement they have agreed upon between the Commission and the internet-based firms that have been allegedly selling contact lenses without asking consumers for a valid doctor’s prescription.

The laws are clear, the sale of any type of contact lenses in the U.S. without a prescription is positively prohibited. The FTC has cited three different websites that were selling “circle” cosmetic lenses that present lenses wearers the illusion of larger eyes. Such products have been allegedly proved to cause corneal ulcers, abrasions, blindness and vision impairment.

As of this week, the three cited companies were forced to pay over $68,000 in fines after failing to keep records of all prescriptions from their customers. News sources however, certify that the cited companies were simply incapable of asking customers for valid prescriptions. This reckless business practice was fortunately discovered in a timely manner.

As a Los Angeles product liability lawyer I hope that there aren’t any other companies doing business with the illegal distribution of medical products.

Whenever you were physically harmed by the use of a malfunctioning or defective products, don’t hesitate and call a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles right away.

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