United States Code

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§ 7601.
Availability of contact lens prescriptions to patients
(a)
In general
When a prescriber completes a contact lens fitting, the prescriber—
(1)
whether or not requested by the patient, shall provide to the patient a copy of the contact lens prescription; and
(2)
shall, as directed by any person designated to act on behalf of the patient, provide or verify the contact lens prescription by electronic or other means.
(b)
Limitations
A prescriber may not—
(1)
require purchase of contact lenses from the prescriber or from another person as a condition of providing a copy of a prescription under subsection (a)(1) or (a)(2) or verification of a prescription under subsection (a)(2);
(2)
require payment in addition to, or as part of, the fee for an eye examination, fitting, and evaluation as a condition of providing a copy of a prescription under subsection (a)(1) or (a)(2) or verification of a prescription under subsection (a)(2); or
(3)
require the patient to sign a waiver or release as a condition of verifying or releasing a prescription.
(Pub. L. 108–164, § 2, Dec. 6, 2003, 117 Stat. 2024.)
cite as: 15 USC 7601