Linda A. Suydam Announces Retirement as President of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Aventura, Fla. (March 12, 2010)—Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) President Linda A. Suydam, D.P.A.,  announced her retirement today at the over-the-counter (OTC) medicine and dietary supplement trade association’s Annual Executive Conference. Having served the association and its members for eight years, Suydam informed the conference attendees of her decision to retire at the end of 2010 when her term ends. Former CHPA Chair of the Board of Directors Timothy Hayes, senior vice president & region head, North America, Bayer HealthCare LLC, is leading the search effort to find the association’s next president.

Suydam came to CHPA after serving 21 years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and an additional three years promoting public health initiatives at the University of New Mexico. “Her expertise in the field and experience with FDA proved invaluable to advancing the mission of CHPA. Her leadership within the association led us to countless successes,” remarked CHPA Chair of the Board Christopher D. DeWolf, president & chief executive officer, Lil’ Drug Store Products, Inc. “Under Linda’s direction, CHPA has supported the safety and efficacy of many key over-the-counter ingredients, established the CHPA Educational Foundation as a growing resource aimed at educating consumers  on the safe and effective use of OTCs, and created the comprehensive effort integrating a host of partnering organizations into the fight against teen medicine abuse, particularly OTC cough medicines.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be part of CHPA for the past eight years,” Suydam remarked. “I firmly believe that consumer access to safe and effective over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements is vitally important, both to the nation’s healthcare system in general and to individual families’ healthcare in particular. I am personally and professionally gratified to have had a role in helping to advance this segment of consumer healthcare.”

One of the highlights of Suydam’s career came when she received FDA’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2008 for her “exceptional management of FDA programs in medical devices, radiological health, and agency-wide, and leadership to fight abuse and ensure safe use of over-the-counter medicines.” This recognition underscores Suydam’s ability to work across organizations and bring together different voices for the collective good. During Suydam’s tenure at CHPA, she also notably testified before Congress, presented data and perspectives on behalf of the industry before FDA advisory committees, established partnerships with a host of healthcare-related organizations, and represented the association in front of international societies and government leaders.

 “Because of my commitment to the industry and my admiration for my colleagues, my decision to leave was not easy,” Suydam continued. “But, after 30 years of serving in this field, it is time to move on to the next part of my life. While this will be a big change for me, my passion will continue to keep me engaged in public health issues.” 

Contact: Elizabeth Funderburk, 202.429.9260

CHPA is the 129-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.