Virginia Cox to Head CHPA’s Communications Department

Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2003)—The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has selected Virginia Cox as the Association’s vice president for communications and strategic initiatives. In addition to overseeing CHPA’s public affairs office, Cox will focus on improving the overall awareness of the benefits of OTC products and put more emphasis on building stronger relationships with the public health community and CHPA stakeholders.

“I am so pleased to have Virginia on board with us,” said CHPA President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A. “She is a strategic thinker and seasoned public health professional. She is precisely the type of individual we were looking for to lead the new vision of our Public Affairs Department.”

Cox served as the director of outreach for the U.S. Food and Drug Association (FDA) from 1999-2001, and was most recently a consultant to the Agency on a variety of regulatory processes and public policy issues. Prior to her appointment with FDA, she was a senior partner for a California-based government relations firm. From 1993 to 1998 Cox worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a special assistant to the secretary, where she spearheaded major public health initiatives.

“Virginia’s background in government and the private sector will be an asset to CHPA,” stated Suydam. “I look forward to having her on board.”

Cox began her new role with CHPA on January 6. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Maryland State Bar.

Contacts: Donna Edenhart and Mimi Pappas, 202.429.9260


CHPA is the 122-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of nonprescription, over-the-counter medicines and dietary supplement products.