Senate OKs bill banning makers from setting contact lens prices in Utah

But Sen. Scott Jenkins, R-Plain City, said companies set the retail price all the time in order to control their brand.

“When a company puts time and money and effort into its product, they have a right to protect their brand,” Jenkins said. “These are free-market principles and these are principles that have not been proved to be unconstitutional.”

The bill is strongly supported by 1-800 Contacts, a Utah-based contact-lens retailer.

SB169 passed the Senate 21-8 and goes to the House for consideration.




Idaho House panel endorses banning contact lens price floors

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A company that sells contact lenses online has cleared its first hurdle in persuading the Idaho Legislature to ban manufacturers from cutting off retailers that don’t sell their product at a set minimum price.

The Idaho House and Welfare Committee unanimously voted Thursday to send the bill to the House floor for a full vote.

Online retailer 1-800 Contacts says consumers are paying more under a new pricing policy by the nation’s top contact lens makers.

Johnson Johnson, the country’s largest lens maker, countered that the pricing


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See here now: Telescopic contact lenses and wink-control glasses

An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Age-related macular degeneration alone is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the Western world. But this week at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Eric Tremblay from EPFL in Switzerland unveils a new prototype of his telescopic contact lens–the first of [...]

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These incredible next-generation contact lenses can zoom in and out

View photo . contact-lenses Vision is another area of health that technology may help fix in the near future, as researchers are figuring out ways of making tiny contact lenses even more useful. In fact, France24 reports that researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland have developed contact lenses that can zoom inSource:

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