DOJ Clears Optometry Org To Expand Purchasing Power

Law360 (January 16, 2020, 7:03 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division signed off Wednesday on the American Optometric Association's plans to expand its group purchasing abilities to include lenses and other optometric products, saying that adequate safeguards have been put in place against anti-competitive harm.

Antitrust chief Makan Delrahim said in a business review letter — under which organizations can seek proactive assurances of non-enforcement — that the DOJ was mollified by the AOA's commitments, such as making participation in the group purchasing plan completely optional, as well as a firewall between association members and the health care group purchasing organization that negotiates pricing discounts....

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