The Department of Justice announced today that it will not challenge a proposal by the American Optometric Association (the Association) to expand its group purchasing organization’s (GPO) activities to include the purchase of optometric products for resale to consumers, namely corrective eyeglass lenses, eyeglass frames, and contact lenses. The department said that the proposed expansion is unlikely to produce anticompetitive effects. Moreover, the expansion could produce discounts for the Association’s members and ultimately lead to lower prices for optometric products for consumers. The department’s position was stated in a business review letter to counsel for the Association and the GPO from Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division.
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