CHPA President Suydam Receives FDA's Distinguished Alumni Award

Association president honored for her 21 years of service at the agency as well as continued contributions

Washington, D.C. (May 29, 2008)—This afternoon, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Andrew C. von Eschenbach recognized Linda Suydam, president of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), as an honored recipient of FDA’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The citation for Suydam’s achievement reads: “For 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.”

CHPA Chair John T. Hendrickson, executive vice president of global operations and supply chain, Perrigo Company, noted the significance of the recognition: “On behalf of CHPA’s Board of Directors, we are pleased that Linda has been recognized for her dedication and continued commitment toward improving public health, and remain grateful to have the benefit of her extensive experience with FDA on behalf of the consumers who rely on over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.”

Prior to joining CHPA as its president in 2002, Suydam enjoyed a 21-year career at FDA, rising from an entry-level position to senior associate commissioner, the highest-ranking, non-political executive position at FDA.

Since joining CHPA , Suydam has directed the establishment of the CHPA Educational Foundation whose goal is improved public health through safe and effective OTC use; increased opportunities for synergistic cooperation between member firms by establishing the annual Market Exchange and retail immersion events; and enhanced the association’s positive relationship with the FDA through educational seminars, conferences, and joint learning opportunities.

Contact: Elizabeth Funderburk, 202.429.9260

CHPA is the 127-year-old trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritional supplements.