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CHPA Holds Successful 2019 Annual Executive Conference; Elects New Board Members

March 19, 2019

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 19, 2019--The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) concluded their 2019 Annual Executive Conference, held from March 17-19, at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, in Boca Raton, Florida. More than 300 executives from the over-the-counter (OTC) drug, dietary supplement, and consumer medical device sectors heard from an impressive lineup of speakers, including renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. At the meeting, CHPA also unveiled new research, showing the significant and increasing value of OTC medicines to the U.S. healthcare system, launched a new initiative for women in the consumer healthcare products industry, and convened board meetings and elected new members for CHPA and its Educational Foundation.

“These are exciting times for our industry,” said CHPA President and CEO Scott Melville. “The consumer health landscape is changing quickly – regulatory reform, modernization, information technology – everything is in motion. And all our attendees play a major role in leading the way and shaping how the consumer healthcare industry evolves. In a time of rapid change, OTC medicines have never been more important. That’s why we were particularly excited this year to unveil new research CHPA developed in partnership with IRI around the value of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines to the U.S. healthcare system.”

The newly released research, conducted by IRI for CHPA, looked at nine major therapeutic categories of OTC medicines, finding that the availability of OTC medicines provides $146 billion in value to the U.S. healthcare system annually. Additionally, OTC medicines provide additional value through expanded access to self-care for more than 27 million consumers who would otherwise forgo treatment if OTCs were not available.

The CHPA board of directors met at AEC to discuss key association priorities and elected six new members to its board of directors and two new members to the board of directors’ executive committee.

“CHPA is fortunate to have such a dedicated board of directors that so effectively represents our membership during these times of great change,” said Melville. “Under Gary Downing’s leadership as chair, the association will remain focused on working to expand the industry and highlighting the essential role of consumer health and self-care in our evolving healthcare system.”

One-third of the CHPA board of directors is elected annually, with manufacturer members elected for three-year terms and associate members elected for two-year terms. The board members re-elected at this year’s conference include:

The newly-elected board members include:

Additionally, Noel Geoffroy and Lisa Paley were elected to serve on the board of directors’ executive committee.

View the full CHPA board of directors here.

Also launched at AEC was CHPA’s Women’s Leadership Initiative aimed at cultivating future female executives in the retail and healthcare sectors by encouraging the professional growth of emerging female leaders and retaining critical industry talent.

The CHPA Educational Foundation also held a successful board meeting during this year’s conference, with Chris DeWolf, president & chief executive officer, Lil’ Drug Store Products, Inc., now serving as interim chair.

Other members of the CHPA Educational Foundation board of directors include:

The CHPA Educational Foundation’s mission is to be the trusted source of information on the responsible use of consumer healthcare products, including over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplements. Learn more about safe use, storage, and disposal of OTC medicines and dietary supplements at www.knowyourotcs.org.

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) is the 138-year-old national trade association representing the leading manufacturers and marketers of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and dietary supplements. Every dollar spent by consumers on OTC medicines saves the U.S. healthcare system more than $7, contributing a total of $146 billion in savings each year. CHPA is committed to empowering self-care by preserving and expanding choice and availability of consumer healthcare products. chpa.org

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SOURCE: Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA)

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